In just a fifty-year stream of time, Thingamajig Hills and Watchamacallit Tower will be grotesque and dilapidated abominations, the cityscape will have gone through changes more drastic than we can imagine, and within those city streets, a human species we wouldn’t recognize today will populate that future world. You don’t need digital or analog or polliwog to see that this city has already taken on a nightmarish aspect, in my view. But on that day, I didn’t have my usual optimistic shoot-above-allelse kind of attitude which would have told me that’s all the more reason to record it on film. A feeling of “so what about it?” was too strong. My frustration got the better of me. Anyway, l suffered from a lack of sleep and was completely exhausted.
As the cab approached its destination under a stifling cloudy sky, an image of overblown cherry blossoms flashed by the car window. I felt terribly gloomy. The driver had dropped into silence. It was an inconsequential moment on a late spring afternoon.
- DAIDO MORIYAMA
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".
Plexus Co.,Ltd.(Tokyo, Japan) proudly presents Daido Moriyama's lifework series "RECORD" in e-Book for the first time distributing in worldwide scale.2007年5月に刊行された森山大道の私家版写真誌「記録 第7号」を電子書籍化。記録せずにはいられない、ストリートの狩人が捕らえる都市の記憶。光と闇の饗宴。
森山大道(もりやま だいどう)/写真家。1938年10月10日、大阪府生まれ。ハイコントラストで粒子の粗い“アレ・ブレ・ボケ”と称される独自のスタイルを確立し、世界的にも高い評価を得る。近年の写真集に『NAGISA』『LABYRINTH』(Akio Nagasawa Publishing)、『カラー』『モノクロ』(月曜社)、『実験室からの眺め』(河出書房新社)など。