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Daido MORIYAMA

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This is the special edition of the book Dear Mr. Niépce with one original print (Archival Pigment Print) included.
Gold and black two-toned cover on silkscreen-printed canvas.
Photobook and print are signed and numbered.

The one place on earth that I – and any other photographer in the world – would consider as “sacred,” has to be a small town in central France called Saint-Loup-de-Varennes.
There once was a scientist named Joseph Nicephore Niepce, who 196 years ago passionately captured the summer scenery that he saw from the window of a certain house in that town. The resulting image was titled “View from the Window of Le Gras,” and became known as the first “photograph” in history.

Published 33 years ago, was my own photo book Lettre a St. Loup.

Then, about 15 years after that, I actually went to see that sacred place, Saint-Loup-de-Varennes.

Another couple of years later, I traveled to Texas, USA, to see with my own eyes the “View from the Window of Le Gras” in the photograph – now no longer showing a discernible image –- that was on display at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin.

From there, that scenery from 196 years ago, composed exclusively of parts of light and shadow, has continued to provide me with a quiet impulse and certain stimulus over a long period of time.

This book, Dear Mr. Niepce, contains photos of all kinds of things at Niepce’s old work place in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes that I had shot during my visit, as well as snapshots of the surrounding scenery, and one picture capturing the view from the window, juxtaposed with various images taken in and around my own place in Ikebukuro.

Niepce worked with a large photographing apparatus, while I used a compact camera that easily fits into the pocket of my jeans – definitely operating on quite a different scale.

– from afterwords by Daido Moriyama

Book Size
216 x 304 mm
Pages
104
Printing
Softcover
Publication Date
July 31, 2023
Publisher
Akio Nagasawa Publishing
Print
Archival Pigment Print
Sheet size
89 x 115 mm

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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