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DAIDO MORIYAMA
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Born: 1938
Hometown: Osaka, Japan
Website: www.moriyamadaido.com
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L.A. Noir
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Yokosuka (from "Another Country")


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The Sea
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Black and White Photography

Misawa
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Steven Kasher Gallery / Animals / Photography / Black And White / Photograph / Daido Moriyama /
Silver Gelatin / Dogs / Black and White Photography

How to Create a Beautiful Picture 6: Tights in Shimotakaido


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Steven Kasher Gallery / Abstract / Silver Gelatin / Black And White / Photograph / Daido Moriyama / Pattern /
Geometric Abstraction / Photography / Black and White Photography

Record No. 18, Taipei


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Steven Kasher Gallery / Animals / Black And White / Daido Moriyama / Digital Prints / Print

Filmograph 1
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Steven Kasher Gallery / Photography / Black And White / Daido Moriyama / Lips / Silver Gelatin /
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About The Artist


One of the most revered living Japanese photographers, Daido Moriyamas work is saturated with the
melancholic beauty of life at its most ordinary. His photographs epitomize wabi-sabi, the Japanese
aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection. Moriyama focuses in on the lost and the discarded, and
finds echoes of living through the breakdown of traditional values in post-war Japan.
Daido Moriyama was born in 1938 along with a twin brother, who died when Daido was two. His
childhood was spent in the town of Urawa, outside Tokyo where the passing GIs would throw
chocolate and chewing gum to the children. Citing Kerouacs On the Road as one of his greatest
influences, Moriyama draws inspiration from Atget and Weegee as well as William Klein and Warhol.
Comparing himself to a machine gun, Moriyama fires off his camera in rapid bursts of instinctive
shooting.
The 1980s finds Moriyama at his most lyrical. With the extreme provocations of his 60s and 70s
work behind him, he turns to a plainer, more centered investigation of everyday life. His camera and
his printing (he makes all his prints himself) are voracious, hungry all the time. He seems to be intent
on finding beauty and meaning in every scrap and horizon that the sun reveals to his eye.
Moriyamas output since 1968 is legendary. He has produced over 150 books of his photographs.
He has had over 100 solo exhibitions. In the U.S., he was a central figure in MoMAs groundbreaking
1974 New Japanese Photography, and in 1999 SFMoMA organized and exhibited the
retrospective Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, which was also shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
and Japan Society in New York.

The crushing force of time is before my eyes, and I myself try to keep pressing the shutter release of
the camera. In this inevitable race between the two of us, I feel I am going to be burnt up. Daido
Moriyama
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

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