Daidō Moriyama

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Daidō Moriyama
Moriyama, Tokyo, 2010
Hiromichi Moriyama

(1938-10-10) October 10, 1938 (age 83)
Known forPhotography
Notable work
A Photo Theatre, Farewell Photography, Stray Dog, Tights

Daidō Moriyama (Japanese: 森山 大道, Hepburn: Moriyama Daidō[1], born October 10, 1938) is a Japanese photographer.[2] He received the Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Center of Photography in New York[3] in 2004 and the Hasselblad Award in 2019.

Life and work[edit]

Born in Ikeda, Osaka, Moriyama studied photography under Takeji Iwamiya (based in Osaka),[4] before moving to Tokyo in 1961 to work as an assistant to the photographer Eikoh Hosoe for three years. He produced a collection of photographs, Nippon gekijō shashinchō, which showed the darker sides of urban life and the less-seen parts of cities. In them, he attempted to show how life in certain areas was being left behind the other industrialized parts. His subsequent work revolves around the themes of urban mystery, memory, and exploration of the photographic medium.[5]

Moriyama's style is synonymous with that of Provoke magazine, which he was involved with in 1969,[6] namely 'are, bure, bokeh', translated as 'grainy / rough, blurry, and out-of-focus'.[7] Known mostly for his work in black and white, his images often use high contrast and tilted horizons to convey the fragmentary nature of modern life.[8] Moriyama often presents his work in the form of photo-books, which he describes as open-ended sites, allowing the reader to decide on the sequence of images that they view.[9] Since 1968, he has published more than 150 photo books. Some of the most notable of these photo books are Japanese Theater (1968), Farewell, Photography (1972), Daidohysteric (1993), and Hokkaido (2008).[10]

Farewell, Photography (Sashin yo Sayonara) is included in Andrew Roth's The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century, Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's The Photobook: A History, Volume I[11] and the Hasselblad Center's The Open Book.[citation needed]

While Moriyama has been working with color photography since the 1970s, they were seldom exhibited with the solo presentation Daido Tokyo at Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris, in 2016 being the first major solo show to display his color photographs. Between 2008 and 2015, Moriyama had revisited Tokyo, particularly focusing on the Shinjuku district, to take 86 chromogenic prints (‘Tokyo Colour’ series, 2008–2015) and black-and-white photographs (‘Dog and Mesh Tights’, 2014–2015).[12] The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in April 2016 secured a donation of street photography by Moriyama, the world's largest collection.[13]

Moriyama's photography has been influenced by Seiryū Inoue, Shōmei Tōmatsu, William Klein, Andy Warhol,[14] Eikoh Hosoe, the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima, the dramatist Shūji Terayama[15] and Jack Kerouac's On the Road.[16]



Publications by Moriyama[edit]

  • にっぽん劇場写真帖 = Nippon Gekijo Shashincho = Japan: A Photo Theater. Muromachi Shob, 1968. With text in two places by Shūji Terayama in Japanese. 216 pages.
    • Revised edition. Shinchosha; Photo Musée, 1995. ISBN 978-4-10-602418-4.
  • Documentary = Kiroku = Record 1–5. Privately published, 1972–73.
  • Sashin yo Sayonara = Bye Bye Photography.
    • Tokyo: Shashin hyoron-sha, 1972.
    • Farewell Photography. Tokyo: PowerShovel, 2006.
    • Farewell Photography. Bookshop M / Getsuyousha, 2019.
  • Another Country. Privately published, 1974
  • Tales of Tono. Asahi Sonorama, 1976.
  • Japan, A Photo Theater II. Asahi Sonorama, 1978. With an essay by Shoji Yamagishi.
  • Hikari to Kage = Light and Shadow. Tojusha, 1982
  • Memories of a Dog – Places in My Memory. Asahi Shinbunsha, 1984 (Essays)
  • A Dialogue with Photography. Seikyūsha, 1985 (Essays)
  • A Journey to Nakaji. Tokyo: Sokyusha, 1987
  • Moriyama Daidō 1970–1979. Tokyo: Sokyusha, 1989
  • Lettre a St. Lou. Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 1990
  • Daido hysteric No.4. Hysteric Glamour, 1993
  • Color. Tokyo: Sokyusha, 1993
  • Daido hysteric No.6. Hysteric Glamour, 1994
  • A Dog's Time. Sakuhinsha, 1995
  • Imitation. Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, 1995
  • From/ Toward Photography. Seikyūsha, 1995 (Essays)
  • A Dialogue with Photography. (Revised) Seikyūsha, 1995 (Essays)
  • Daido hysteric Osaka No.8. Hysteric Glamour, 1997
  • Moriyama Daidō. Nihon no shashinka 37. Iwanami Shoten, 1997
  • Hunter. (Reprint) Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, 1997
  • Fragments. Composite, Tokyo, 1998
  • Memories of a Dog – Places in My Memory, the final. Asahi Shinbunsha, 1998 (Essays)
  • Passage. Wides, 1999
  • Dream of water. Tokyo: Sokyusha, 1999
  • Visions of Japan: Daido Moriyama. Korinsha, Tokyo, 1999
  • Color 2. Tokyo: Sokyusha, 1999
  • Past is every time new, the future is always nostalgic. Seikyūsha, 2000
  • Memories of a Dog – Places in My Memory. (Revised) Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2001
  • Memories of a Dog – Places in My Memory, the final. (Revised) Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2001
  • Platform. Daiwa Radiator Factory and Taka Ishii Gallery, 2002
  • '71- NY Daido Moriyama. PPP Editions, 2002
  • Shinjuku. Tokyo: Getsuyosha, 2002
  • transit. Eyesencia, 2002
  • Daido Moriyama 55. Phaidon, 2002
  • Daido Moriyama, The Complete Works vol. 1. Daiwa Radiator Company, 2003
  • Daido Moriyama: Actes Sud. Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, 2003
  • Remix. Galerie Kamel Mennour, 2004
  • Daido Moriyama. Guiding Light, 2004
  • Memories of a Dog. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2004
  • Daido Moriyama, The Complete Works vols 2–4. Daiwa Radiator Factory, 2004
  • Wilderness!. Parco, 2005
  • Shinjuku 19XX-20XX. Codax, 2005
  • Tokyo. Reflex New Art Gallery, 2005
  • Buenos Aires. Kodansha, 2005
  • Lettre a St. Lou. Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2005
  • Shinjuku Plus. Tokyo: Getsuyosha, 2006
  • t-82. PowerShovelBooks, 2006
  • it. Rat Hole, 2006
  • Snap. (Record extra issue No. 1) Akio Nagasawa, 2007
  • Kagero & Colors. PowerShovelBooks, 2007
  • Hawaii. Tokyo: Getsuyosha, 2007
  • Osaka Plus. Tokyo: Getsuyosha, 2007
  • Erotica. Asahi Shinbunsha, 2007
  • Yashi. Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, 2008
  • Record No. 1-5 Complete Reprint Edition. Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa, 2008. Issues 1–5 of his magazine Record.
  • Magazine Work 1971 1974. Tokyo: Getsuyosha, 2009.
  • Tsugaru. Tokyo: Taka ishii Gallery, 2010. Hardback. ISBN 978-600-00-0694-5. Catalog of an exhibition held at Taka Ishii Gallery, November 2010. 81 of the 82 photographs taken in Goshogawara and other villages in the Tsugaru-plain area of Aomori Prefecture in 1976. Edition of 1000 copies.
  • Auto-portrait. MMM label 1. Tokyo: Match and Company Co., 2010. With a text by Simon Baker. Edition of 1000 copies.
  • Gekijo. Tokyo: Super Labo, 2011. Edition of 500 copies.
  • Remix. Galerie Kamel Mennour, 2012
  • Paris 88/89. Paris and Arles, France: Poursuite, 2012.
  • Light & Shadow Magazine. 2013. Edition of 250 Copies.
  • Mirage. MMM label 4. Tokyo: Match and Company Co., 2013. Edition of 1000 copies.
  • Dog and Mesh Tights. Tokyo: Getsuyosha, 2015. With an afterword by Moriyama. Text in English and Japanese.
  • Self. One Picture Book 90. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2015. ISBN 978-1-59005-426-0. Edition of 500 copies.
  • Fukei. Tokyo: Super Labo, 2015. Edition of 700 copies in two different covers (one with fish, the other with a flower), 350 of each cover.
  • Daido Moriyama in Color: Now, and Never Again. Milan: Skira, 2016. ISBN 978-88-572-2226-4.
  • Scandalous. Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa, 2016. Edition of 350 copies.
  • Osaka. Tokyo: Getsuyosha, 2016. With essays "Osaka no koto" (in Japanese) and "Dark Pictures" (in English).
  • Pantomime. Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa, 2017. Edition of 600 copies.
  • Pretty Woman. Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa, 2017. Edition of 900 copies.
  • K. Tokyo: Getsuyosha, 2017. ISBN 978-4-86503-050-1
  • Record. Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa, 2017. A digest edition of his Record magazines containing selected work from Record No.1 to Record No.30. Edited by Mark Holborn.
  • Aa, Koya. Kadokawa, 2017. With a story by Shūji Terayama.
  • Uwajima. Switch, 2018. Photographs made in Uwajima, Ehime, some of which were previously published in Coyote magazine in 2004. With an essay by Shinro Ohtake (in Japanese).
  • Tokyo Boogie Woogie. Tokyo: Super Labo, 2018. ISBN 978-4-908512-26-1. Edition of 1000 copies.
  • Tights in Shimotakaido. Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa, 2018. Edition of 600 copies.
  • Lips! Lips! Lips!. Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa, 2018. Edition of 350 copies.
  • Daido Moriyama in Color: Now, and Never Again. Yokosuka. Milan: Skira, 2018. ISBN 978-88-572-3116-7
  • Daido Moriyama in Color: Now, and Never Again. Nocturnal Nude. Milan: Skira, 2018. ISBN 978-88-572-3630-8.
  • Daido Moriyama in Color: Now, and Never Again. Self-portrait. Milan: Skira, 2018. ISBN 978-88-572-3631-5.
  • Akai Kutsu Vol. 1. Kanagawa: Super Labo, 2019. ISBN 978-4-908512-76-6.
  • Akai Kutsu Vol. 2. Kanagawa: Super Labo, 2019. ISBN 978-4-908512-77-3.
  • Daido Moto. Paso Robles, CA: Nazraeli, 2019. Edition of 500 copies.
  • How I Take Photographs. Laurence King, 2019. ISBN 978-1-78627-424-3. Photographs by Moriyama and text co-written with Takeshi Nakamoto.[23]
  • Letters to N. Tokyo: Getsuyosha, 2021

Magazines by Moriyama[edit]

  • Record No.1. Self-published, 1972.
  • Record No.2. Self-published, 1972.
  • Record No.3. Self-published, 1972.
  • Record No.4. Self-published, 1973.
  • Record No.5. Self-published, 1973.
  • Record No.6.Record No.39. Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa, 2006–2018. Various individual editions.

Publications with others[edit]

  • 4. Mazu tashikarashisa no sekai o sutero: shashin to gengo no shisō = First Abandon the World of Pseudo-Certainty: Thoughts on Photography and Language. Tokyo: Tabata Shoten, 1970. OCLC 53405730. With Nakahira Takuma, Takanashi Yutaka and Taki Kōji.
  • The Japanese Box – Facsimile reprint of six rare photographic publications of the Provoke era, Edition 7L / Göttingen: Steidl, 2001.
  • Terayama. Tokyo: Match and Company Co., 2015. English and Japanese editions. With text by Shuji Terayama and an afterword by Satoshi Machiguchi, "The Spell Moves On." Edition of 1500 copies.
  • Dazai. MMM label 5. Tokyo: Match and Company Co., 2014. With a text by Osamu Dazai, "Villon's Wife." Edition of 1200 copies.
  • Odasaku. Tokyo: Match and Company Co., 2016. With a short story by Sakunosuke Oda, "At the Horse Races," and an afterword by Satoshi Machiguchi.
  • Teppo yuri no Shateikyori. Tokyo: Getsuyosha, 2017. With haiku in Japanese by Misa Uchida.
  • Witness #2 (Number Two): Daido Moriyama. Portland: Nazraeli, 2007. By Moriyama, Emi Anrakuji, and Ken Kitano. ISBN 1-59005-199-8.

Solo exhibitions[edit]


  1. ^ Earlier, well-informed Japanese publications give "Hiromichi Moriyama" as the romanized form of his name. One example is Shashinka hyakunin: Kao to shashin (写真家100人 顔と写真, 100 photographers: Profiles and photographs), a special publication of Camera Mainichi magazine (1973).
  2. ^ Celii, Alana. "Daido Moriyama And the Cultural Landscape of Post-War Japan". Time. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Infinity Awards 2012". International Center of Photography. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Akie Moriyama (森山明絵), "Moriyama Daidō" (森山大道); page 308 within Nihon shashinka jiten (日本写真家事典) / 328 Outstanding Japanese Photographers. Kyoto: Tankōsha, 2000. ISBN 4-473-01750-8. Despite the English-language alternative title, all in Japanese.
  5. ^ "LACMA presents first solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles of photographer Daido Moriyama". artdaily.cc. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  6. ^ Daido, Moriyama; Maggia, Filippo; Lazzarini, Francesca (2010). The World Through My Eyes. Milan: Skira. p. 437. ISBN 978-88-572-0061-3.
  7. ^ "For the sake of thought: Provoke, 1968–1970", Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "LACMA presents first solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles of photographer Daido Moriyama". artdaily.cc. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  9. ^ Deng, Tianyuan (October 11, 2019). "Daido Moriyama: The Erotics of Photography". Ocula.
  10. ^ Iizawa, Kohtaro; Fraser, Karen M. (August 1, 1996). "Moriyama, Daido". Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.t059652. ISBN 978-1-884446-05-4.
  11. ^ Martin Parr; Gerry Badger (2004). The Photobook: A History, Volume I. London: Phaidon Press. pp. 298–299. ISBN 978-0-7148-4285-1.
  12. ^ Paik, Sherry. "Daido Moriyama". Ocula.
  13. ^ Halperin, Julia (April 7, 2016), An interview with Connie Butler: curator and advocate for the overlooked and under-known, The Art Newspaper, retrieved June 27, 2020
  14. ^ "Theme Magazine – Daido Moriyama Photographs His Beloved Shinjuku By Jiae Kim". Archived from the original on April 1, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  15. ^ Philip Charrier, "The Making of a Hunter: Moriyama Daidō 1966–1972," History of Photography, Volume 34, Number 3 (August 2010): 268–290.
  16. ^ "Culture Vulture – Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog". Archived from the original on October 3, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  17. ^ a b "Daidō Moriyama's CV at Luhring Augustine" (PDF). Retrieved July 5, 2010.[dead link]
  18. ^ List of award winners, PSJ. (in Japanese) Accessed August 28, 2010.
  19. ^ "The Cultural Award of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh)". Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie e.V.. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  20. ^ "Daido Moriyama wins the 2019 Hasselblad Award". British Journal of Photography. March 8, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  21. ^ "Den japanske fotografen Daido Moriyama får Hasselbladpriset". Dagens Nyheter. March 8, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  22. ^ "ArtAsiaPacific: Daido Moriyama Wins2019 Hasselblad Award". ArtAsiaPacific. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  23. ^ "Explore the backstreets of Tokyo with Daido Moriyama in the legendary photographer's new book". British GQ. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  24. ^ "Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain". Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. Retrieved November 2, 2018.

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