• Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something
  • Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something
  • Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something
  • Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something
  • Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something
  • Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something
  • Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something
  • Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something
  • Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something
  • Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something

Daido Moriyama

Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something

19 May 2012 till 28 July 2012

Galerie Alex Daniels is proud to present a two-month solo exhibition of works by Daido Moriyama, Japan’s foremost photographer.

This will be a timely opportunity to view an extensive collection of both iconic and new work by the photographer prior to a major show William Klein/Daido Moriyama at Tate Modern, London, later this year.

Moriyama’s extensive oeuvre has been for the most part a love letter to Shinjuku, the bustling area of Tokyo where businessmen, tourists, prostitutes and hipsters jostle the brightly lit streets. The business and political epicentre of Japan, Shinjuku is also home to the city’s vices – the entertainment district Kabukicho, notorious for its gangster activity, brothels and strip clubs. His strikingly grainy black and white images harness this cocktail of rawness and power, its electric energy and its seedy underbelly

With an eye for the unusual or the absurd, whether in his still life work, or in his images of New York or continental Europe, there is also a playful edge to Moriyama’s work that brings to mind the surrealist photographers of the 1920s.

Largely shot with a small hand-held automatic camera, Moriyama’s work is often partially out of focus or shot on a diagonal. This results in a certain spontaneity, a disorientating looseness that at times can mask his rigorous aesthetic. Many of his photographs evoke a scene in which something has just happened, or just about to – who knows which? The people in his images are either turned away from the camera, their identity obscured, or else challenge the lens with a confrontational stare.

Born in Osaka in 1938, Moriyama witnessed the dramatic period of change that occurred in Japan in the decades following the second world war. Much of his work reflects that tension between tradition and modernity. In the 1960s and 1970s Moriyama’s highly textured, dramatically contrasted images took the Japanese photography scene by storm. He was influenced by Japanese photographers Eikoh Hosoe and Shomei Tomatsu, but also by William Klein and Andy Warhol, Robert Frank. Throughout his long career, Moriyama has exhibited all over the world and produced more than 75 books.

Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam is delighted to announce the launch of a 250-page monograph, in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring a mix of new and iconic images.
The photographer will be present for book signing at the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, May 19th 2012 from 5 to 7 pm.

We cordially invite you to visit our show.

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Past shows (selection)

Unseen Photo Fair 2017

22-09-2017 till 24-09-2017

Joel Morrison | Joel Morrison | New Works

06-05-2017 till 15-08-2017

Iris Schomaker | IRIS SCHOMAKER | Come To The Edge

25-2-2017 till 26-4-2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2016

23-09-2016 till 25-09-2016

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | SHIPBUILDING | New Works

25-11-2016 till 07-01-2017

Sculpture Project Gelderlandplein | Permanently On View

Donald Baechler | Donald Baechler | New Works

16-09-2016 till 15-11-2016

Photo London 2016 Somerset House, Booth no. X2

18-05-2016 till 22-05-2016

Irina Ionesco | Irina Ionesco | Ma réalité rêvée

19-03-2016 till 10-05-2016

Unseen Photo Fair 2015

18-09-2015 till 20-09-2015

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | New Works from Dirt Meridian and Cuba

28-11-2015 till 20-2-2016

Todd Hido | Todd Hido|Selections From A Survey: ‘Khrystyna’s World’

12-09-2015 till 21-11-2015

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | Alluring Hell

06-06-2015 till 15-08-2015

Araki | Araki | August and Megumi Kagurazaka

20 December 2014 till 28 February 2015

Barry Reigate | One Cannot Get Fingerprints From A Rock

4 October 2014 till 6 December 2014

Unseen Photofair 2014

18-09-2014 till 21-09-2014

Beauty of Darkness II

21 June 2014 till 04 August 2014

Miles Aldridge | One Black & White and Twenty Four Colour Photographs

8 March till 10 May 2014

Robert Yarber | Robert Yarber | Panic Pending

06-12-2013 till 25-01-2014

Artissima 2013

08-11-2013 till 10-11-2013

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Wherever You Are Whatever You’re Doing This One’s For You

20-09-2013 till 24-11-2013

Unseen 2013

26-09-2013 till 29-09-2013

Something Like Summer

17-07-2013 till 13-09-2013

John Copeland | All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

25-05-2013 till 16-07-2013

Hisaji Hara | Hisaji Hara | A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus

23-03-2013 till 11-05-2013

Arco 2013

13-02-2013 till 17-02-2013

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Climbing To Moon

29-09-2012 till 31-12-2012

Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair

06-12-2012 till 09-12-2012

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | Glass Paintings

07-04-2012 till 16-05-2012

Arco Madrid 2012

15-02-2012 till 19-02-2012

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen | Animal Abstraction

12-11-2011 till 10-12-2011

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Rocky 6

09-07-2011 till 13-09-2011

Moby | ‘Destroyed’ – Booksigning and Exhibition

31-05-2011 till 16-06-2011

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | It Was Once a Paradise

01-06-2011 till 16-07-2011

| John Copeland | Times of Grace

27-11-2010 till 15-02-2011

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | Making History

10-04-2010 till 07-06-2010

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember

18-09-2010 till 09-11-2010

| Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe

14-03-2010 till 07-06-2010

Alla Esipovich | No Comment

15-01-2010 till 13-03-2010

Contemporary and Vintage Photography

26-09-2009 till 28-11-2009

David Lachapelle | David LaChapelle | The Rape of Africa

06-06-2009 till 31-07-2009

Bill Owens | Bill Owens | Riots & New Suburbia

28-02-2009 till 04-04-2009

Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | Acid Candy

03-05-2008 till 05-07-2008