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Daido MORIYAMA

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About half a century ago, I used to spend most of my days wandering around in the streets of Kobe. I was just over twenty, and as I particularly liked ships and harbors, the exotic city of Kobe was for me a thrilling wonderland sort of place.

The contemporary Kobe is of course a completely different place from the city that used to be my playground a half century ago. The way it has changed especially since the devastating shock of the Great Hanshin Earthquake seemed to me quite remarkable, which however made traveling back in time and chasing after that romantic dream of my youth a difficult task. Nonetheless, as I kept tracing back my memories of Kobe while pointing my camera at the reality and actuality of the city today, I felt how the scenery naturally began to overlap with the image of Kobe that had engraved itself on my heart and mind.

And that’s just a matter of course. After all, the city of Kobe, that pretty urban area sandwiched between the sea and the beautiful mountains, with a single railway running right through it, hasn’t changed at all!

-Daido Moriyama, afterword 

Book Size
278 x 220 mm
Pages
160 pages
Printing
softcover
Publication Date
2016
Publisher
Akio Nagasawa Publishing

Daido MORIYAMA

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Born 1938 in Osaka. After working as an assistant for photographers Takeji Iwamiya and Eikoh Hosoe, he went independent in 1964. He has been publishing his works in photography magazines among others, and received a New Artist Award from the Japan Photo Critics Association for Japan: A Photo Theater in 1967. Between 1968 and ’70 he was involved in the photo fanzine Provoke, and his style of grainy, high-contrast images that came to be referred to as “are, bure, boke” (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus) made an impact on the realm of photography. Solo shows at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris solidified Moriyama’s worldwide reputation, and in 2012, he became the first Japanese to be awarded in the category of Lifetime Achievement at the 28th Annual Infinity Awards hosted by the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. The “William Klein + Daido Moriyama” exhibition together with William Klein at London’s Tate Modern in 2012-13 was a showdown of two immensely popular photographers that took the world by storm.

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