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Akio Nagasawa Gallery Aoyama is pleased to announce the opening of Daido Moriyama’s exhibition “Uwajima” from September 4 until November 24, 2018.
Moriyama visited the city of Uwajima in Ehime Prefecture in 2004, guided by artist Shinro Ohtake. Some of the photographs that he enthusiastically took during his walks around the town were eventually published in the first issue of Coyote magazine (Switch Publishing). Together with previously unreleased shots, the pictures of Uwajima were brought back into the spotlight last May, when the photo book Uwajima was published (again by Switch Publishing).
Moriyama had another opportunity to travel to Uwajima in 2012, which produced again a large number of photos.
Shown at this exhibition in the form of an installation are original prints of all photos included in the book Uwajima, as well as twenty previously unseen photographs shot in 2012.
We look forward to your visit!
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.
For the first issue of Japanese Coyote magazine in 2004, Daido Moriyama visited the city of Uwajima on Japan’s Shikoku island, the Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake as his guide. Moriyama documented his trip to and through the city in an extensive number of street photo and snapshots, taken in his signature style, a selection of which was then featured in the magazine.
Now, almost fifteen years later, “Uwajima” finally collects the entire series, including a large number of previously unpublished photographs and an essay by Shinro Ohtake (in Japanese).