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Daido MORIYAMA

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This is the special edition of the book TOKYO 1992 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 latest series of silkscreened canvas covers that introduces a collection of photographs taken by Moriyama in Tokyo in 1992; All of the images have never been published before, and this is the first book that includes these unreleased works.

In 1992, that’s 31 years ago now, I was in my mid 50s. It was around the time when I closed down the private gallery that I had been running on Miyamasuzaka in Shibuya, and relocated to a space near Yotsuya 4-chome crossing. During the years I had my gallery in Shibuya, there were of course many people visiting the place, so I couldn’t just lock the door and go out whenever I wanted. Until at some point, although being a consequence of my own deeds, it was too much and my impatience got the better of me. All I wanted to do was “go out and take photos!” I didn’t care about what or how to shoot, as long as I could jump out into the street and click away with my camera. Just that. As I had photographed every nook and corner of my new Yotsuya neighborhood in no time, I basically had only the Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro areas left to go and explore. The time that followed I spent wandering through the mazes of the city, like a starving dog, like a fish searching for water.

"TOKYO 1992" contains images that were produced under the circumstances described above. This means that, as books that showcase the fruits of my somewhat uncontrollable urge at the time, "Daido hysteric no.4", made in 1993, and "TOKYO 1992", made in 2023, are separated by a rather long period of time.

The countless streets and alleys where this starving dog once prowled around, have changed a lot over time. But as a matter of fact, there is a body odor, a sense of desire to those streets, and a play of lights and shades, that never change much. And the old dog, shaky as he has gotten, is still roaming the streets with the camera in his hand. “Taking photos” is such a cool thing after all!
– from afterwords by Daido Moriyama

Book Size
217 x 303 mm
Pages
78
Printing
Softcover
Publication Date
February 28, 2023
Publisher
Akio Nagasawa Publishing
Print
Archival Pigment Print
Sheet size
88 x 127 mm

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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