Daido Moriyama "Record No.14"
I am currently in the middle of photographing the streets of Tokyo. While this venture itself is firmly based on the understanding that it is just as much an endless task as an inchworm crossing the Sahara, when flying to Hokkaido one day earlier this winter, and witnessing the city we call “Tokyo” from the airplane’s window as we steadily climbed along Tokyo Bay right after takeoff, I involuntarily winced in amazement at the sight of the vast and boundless chaos down below. The impact this view had on me I can only describe as a visual shock in the truest sense. Even though I was supposed to be aware of it, once I looked down upon the scene, its enormousness and vastness honestly made me cringe for a moment. It’s not about something of extraterrestrial dimensions, but about nothing more than one capital in a Far Eastern island country, but nonetheless the experience sent shivers down my spine. After thinking for a little while about the hilariousness of a photographer’s attempt to cover all of this on foot, I felt how laughter gradually began to well up in me.
Daidō Moriyama (Moriyama Daidō, born October 10, 1938) is a Japanese photographer noted for his images depicting the breakdown of traditional values in post-war Japan.
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, on "Nippon gekijō shashinchō" 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, Eikoh Hosoe, the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima, the dramatist Shūji Terayama, and Jack Kerouac's "On the Road".
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