Daido Moriyama (Ikeda, Japan, 1938) has had a radical impact on the global photographic and art world and is considered to be Japan's foremost photographer.
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 epicenter 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 fast and the happenstance is fed by his unrivaled intuition for the situation and the moment, and is the hallmark of this significant as well as radical, enduringly enigmatic oeuvre.”
– Matthias Harder in Daido Moriyama: Journey for Something (Reflex Editions, 2012)
This edition includes a signed copy of the collector's publication Journey For Something housed in a handmade linen slipcase and the choice between two gelatin silver prints "Eros Or Something Other Than Eros" or "Lips No. 46". Each edition is signed and numbered by the artist. They were produced in close collaboration with the artist on the occasion of his show Journey For Something.