8 Apr - 21 May 2011
Daido Moriyama
The World through My Eyes
Daido Moriyama (b 1938, Osaka) is one of the foremost representatives of subjective documentary photography, the dominant tradition within Japanese photography of the postwar era. Moriyama’s works reflect the postwar clashes with western culture and the break with traditional values, further enhanced by his photo appropriations of popular media, erotic scenes and consumer fetishism (Japan: A Photo Theatre, 1968). Characteristic traits are strong black and white contrasts, grainy and unsharp images, unusual angles and compositional croppings. His sources of inspiration in the end of the 1960s and 70s were William Klein’s street photography from New York (with its rough style and fierce graphic language); Andy Warhol’s silk screens of police photographs (grainy structure and photographs of crime scenes, as in the series Accident, 1969); and Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road (the series On the Road, 1972, photographed from car windows). The publication “Farewell Photography” (1972) presents the culmination of sharp contrasts and dissolution of the motifs, which are reduced to diffuse figurations.

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Daido Moriyama, Shinjuku, 2002, 100 x 150 cm, silver gelatin photograph


Daido Moriyama, Record no. 11, 2009, 100 x 150 cm, silver gelatin photography


Daido Moriyama, Record Extra Issue no.1, 2007, 100 x 150 cm, silver gelatin photograph


Installation view


Daido Moriyama, Room, 2002, 27,4 x 40 cm


Daido Moriyama, It, 2006, 27,4 x 40 cm


Daido Moriyama, It, 2006, 27,4 x 40 cm


Installation view


Daido Moriyama, Hokkaido, 1978/2009, 100 x 150 cm, silver gelatin photograph


Daido Moriyama, Hokkaido, 1978/2009, 100 x 150 cm, silver gelatin photograph


Daido Moriyama, Hokkaido, 1978/2009, 100 x 150 cm, silver gelatin photograph


Installation view