Pretty Woman


6/23 - 9/17/2017
Gallery hours:11:00-19:00
Closed on Monday,Tuesday

*The Gallery will be closed for the summer holidays from 8/14 to 8/22.

Akio Nagasawa Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Pretty Woman”, an exhibition of works by Daido Moriyama.
This exhibition consists of the works that were shot in the most recent year.
Please enjoy Daido's world that is still evolving.

Concurrently with the exhibition, the photo book “Pretty Woman” will be published in a limited edition of 900 copies.


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.


Pretty Woman

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A collection of Moriyama's work shot in Tokyo over the years from 2016 to 2017. There are a mix of color and B&W photographs. Please enjoy Daido's world that is still evolving.


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I am crisscrossing the central Tokyo area taking snapshots in the streets more or less on a daily basis.
Within this routine, every once in a while it happens that I am suddenly overcome by a sense of bewilderment, just like a student in his first year at a photography school. What exactly am I trying to see through the finder of my camera? What is that photo that I just shot? It’s questions as utterly naïve and elementary as these that occupy my mind in such situations.

– Daido Moriyama, afterword