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As one of my photographic approaches expressed in the form of snapshots, I tend to photograph what I find graphically interesting in the streets. Of course, this is not the case for every snapshot, as I also capture images of the lives of people on the street as well as cityscapes. However, when I received the offer to make this book, I knew that I wanted it to be entirely graphical, or kitsch and pop, primarily featuring somewhat tawdry and erotic images. With this aim in mind, Tokyo was the perfect place. Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Asakusa, Ginza...Every corner of Tokyo is stunningly chaotic, teeming with a myriad of components that make up cities, like an overturned toy box or Pandora's box left open, giving me a thrilling feeling as I walk through the mishmash with my camera in hand. Whether it be a poster, a signboard, a window display, or a small street corner, it is as if anything and everything speaks to me, stimulating and motivating me as a photographer. The music or noise echoing around the city sounds to me like nothing other than boogie-woogie. When I finished editing, I could not think of any other title for this book but "Tokyo Boogie-Woogie". As big cities have a mysterious dynamism in which the fictional / real and the abstract / concrete are eternally inverting, a street photographer cannot but continuously click the shutter of his camera in perpetuity. The reason for this is that the streets of the city are cloaked with layers of enigmatic veils.

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Book Size
187 x 130 mm
Pages
200 pages, 200 images
Binding
Hard cover
Publication Date
2018
Publisher
SUPER LABO
Full color Offset First edition of 1000

Daido MORIYAMA

森山大道

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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