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The Inspiration of Daido Moriyama

Published August 9th, 2011

Daidō Moriyama (森山 大道 Moriyama Daidō, born October 10, 1938) is a Japanese photographer noted for his images depicting the breakdown of traditional values in post-war Japan.

Life and career

Born in Ikeda, Osaka, Daidō Moriyama studied photography under Takeji Iwamiya before moving to Tokyo in 1961 to work as an assistant to Eikoh Hosoe. He produced a collection of photographs, Nippon gekijō shashinchō, which showed the darker sides of urban life and the less-seen parts of cities. In them, he attempted to show how life in certain areas was being left behind the other industrialised parts.

Though not exclusively, Moriyama predominantly takes high contrast, grainy, black and white photographs within the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, often shot from odd angles.

Moriyama's photography has been influenced by Seiryū Inoue, Shōmei Tōmatsu, William Klein, Andy Warhol,[2] Eikoh Hosoe, the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima and Jack Kerouac's On the Road.[3]

Moriyama has written a memoir titled Memories of a Dog.


Documentary 1-5. Published by himself, 1972-73.

Another Country Published by himself, 1974.

Tales of Tono. Asahi Sonorama, 1976.

Japan, A Photo Theater II Asahi Sonorama, 1978.

Light and Shadow Tojusha, 1982.

Memories of a Dog - Places in My Memory Asahi Shinbunsha, 1984. (Essays)

A Dialogue with Photography Seikyūsha, 1985. (Essays)

A Journey to Nakaji, Sokyusha, 1987.

Moriyama Daidō 1970-1979 Sokyusha, 1989.

Lettre a St. Lou Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 1990.

Daido hysteric No.4 Hysteric Glamour, 1993.

Color Sokyusha, 1993.

Daido hysteric No.6 Hysteric Glamour, 1994.

Japan, A Photo Theater (reprint) Shinchosha, 1995.

A Dog's Time Sakuhinsha, 1995.

Imitation Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, 1995.

From/ Toward Photography Seikyūsha, 1995. (Essays)

A Dialogue with Photography (revised) Seikyūsha, 1995. (Essays)

Daido hysteric Osaka No.8 Hysteric Glamour, 1997.

Moriyama Daidō Nihon no shashinka 37. Iwanami Shoten, 1997.

Hunter (reprint) Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, 1997.

Fragments Composite Press, Tokyo, 1998.

Memories of a Dog - Places in My Memory, the final Asahi Shinbunsha, 1998. (Essays)

Passage Wides, 1999.

Dream of water Sokyusha, 1999.

Visions of Japan: Daido Moriyama Korinsha, Tokyo, 1999.

Color 2 Sokyusha, Tokyo, 1999.

Past is every time new, the future is always nostalgic Seikyūsha, 2000.

Memories of a Dog - Places in My Memory (revised) Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2001.

Memories of a Dog - Places in My Memory, the final (revised) Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2001.

The Japanese Box - Facsimile reprint of six rare photographic publications of the Provoke era, Edition 7L / Steidl, 2001.

Platform Daiwa Radiator Factory and Taka Ishii Gallery, 2002.

'71- NY Daido Moriyama PPP Editions, 2002.

Shinjuku Getsuyosha, 2002.

transit Eyesencia, 2002.

Daido Moriyama 55 Phaidon Press, 2002.

Daido Moriyama, The Complete Works vol. 1, Daiwa Radiator Company, 2003.

Daido Moriyama: Actes Sud Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, 2003.

Remix Kamel Mennour, 2004.

Daido Moriyama Guiding Light, 2004.

Memories of a Dog Nazraeli Press, 2004.

Daido Moriyama, The Complete Works vols 2-4, Daiwa Radiator Factory, 2004.

Wilderness! Parco, 2005.

Shinjuku 19XX-20XX Codax, 2005.

Tokyo Reflex New Art Gallery, 2005.

Buenos Aires Kodansha, 2005.

Lettre a St. Lou Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2005.

Shinjuku Plus Getsuyosha, 2006.

Record no. 6 Akio Nagasawa, 2006.

t-82, PowerShovelBooks, 2006.

it, Rat Hole, 2006.

Farewell Photography, PowerShovelBooks, 2006.

Snap (Record extra issue No. 1) Akio Nagasawa, 2007.

Record no. 8 Akio Nagasawa, 2007.

Kagero & Colors, PowerShovelBooks, 2007.

Hawaii Getsuyosha, 2007.

Osaka Plus Getsuyosha, 2007.

Erotica, Asahi Shinbunsha, 2007.

Record no. 7 Akio Nagasawa, 2007.

Tales of Tono Kobunsha, 2007.

Yashi Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, 2008.

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Daniel Torres  about 6 years ago

Reminds me of a darker Araki

Hakkan Lye  over 7 years ago

^_^ He Inspired me a lot~ I am glad u love it~

Diana Yan Manan  over 7 years ago