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date: 27 February 2020

Moriyama, Daido locked

(b Osaka, Oct 10, 1938).
  • Kohtaro Iizawa
  • , revised by Karen M. Fraser


(b Osaka, Oct 10, 1938).

Japanese photographer and writer. He studied photography at the studio of Takeji Iwamiya (1920–89) in Osaka. He moved to Tokyo in 1961 hoping to join the radical Vivo (Esperanto: ‘life’) photography group. It was on the verge of dissolving, however, and instead he became an assistant to Eikoh Hosoe. Moriyama drew inspiration from former Vivo members Hosoe and Shōmei Tomatsu, as well as the American photographer William Klein. He developed a distinctive style that employed grainy, blurred and spontaneous snapshot imagery, shooting either without looking through the viewfinder or from a moving car, for example, and cropping images in unexpected ways. These qualities created a vivid physical sensibility in Moriyama’s work, which he described as taking photos with his body more than his eye. His first major collection of work, Nippon gekijō shashinchō (‘Japan: A photo theatre’, 1968), firmly established his representative style. It featured high-contrast, rough images of Kabuki and avant-garde theatre performers interspersed with random snapshots to create a loose, impressionistic, and dreamlike narrative. It also established one of his preferred formats, the photobook, which he would use repeatedly to present a sequence of disconnected images together in bound form....

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