Originally published in 1972 Farewell Photography was Daido Moriyama's third book. It pushes every image-making boundary to its extreme edge, reflecting both the politically charged times of Japan in the 1960s and 1970s and Moriyama's unique sensitivity to the seemingly mundane and chaotic subject matter. Raw, gritty, nasty images present a broken picture of a time and strangely draw the viewer in powerful ways. This contradiction inherent to the work is mesmerizing. An 'overexposed' gritty, scratched image is a semi-abstract close-up of a face; A nearly unrecognizable, partly out-of-focus and scratched image is a view of a seascape.
Farewell Photography's first edition is featured in The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century (PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz LLC, 2001), The Open Book (Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag 2004), and in The Photobook: A History, Volume (Phaidon, 2004).