Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective

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Prestel, 2023. First edition.
Hardcover, 288 pp., 30 color and 150 b/w illustrations, 210 x 255 mm. Photographs by Daido Moriyama. Text by Thyago Nogueira, Yuri Mitsuda, Masako Toda, Masashi Kohara (English).

Widely considered Japan’s most influential and prolific photographer, Daido Moriyama has been challenging conventions of the art form for more than a half century. This exhaustive and electrifying retrospective, published in cooperation with the Daido Moriyama Foundation and based on entirely new research, looks at every stage of Moriyama’s extensive career, including his extraordinary images as well as his conceptual contributions to photography.

One of a generation of postwar Japan’s groundbreaking artists, Moriyama has continually established his own visual grammar. This book features more than 190 chronologically arranged images that reveal his constantly evolving career: his early editorial work of the mid-1960s, focused on the American occupation and the experimental theater; his radical experimentation of late 1960s and the 1970s; the self-reflexive photos of the 1980s and 1990s; and his ongoing exploration of cities, among other relevant moments. It also includes more than 400 spreads from Moriyama’s rarely seen publications, mapping the sources of his visual production. Rounding out the volume are texts by the editor and leading Japanese scholars, a personal essay by the artist, and a full chronology of his life and work.

Accompanying a major exhibition on Moriyama’s output this impressive volume reframes Moriyama’s legacy, and is certain to become the definitive publication on his work.

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