About this artwork
In 1967 Daido Moriyama brought out his first book, “Japan: A Photo Theater”, which announced a rough, blurred, and out–of–focus look and a street–savvy subject matter that came to characterize the era named for Provoke, a short–lived journal that Moriyama helped to found. He spent the next several years prowling Tokyo subculture hangouts, creating photographs that artfully drain the glamour from postwar prosperity. Then Moriyama went to rural Japan, where Western–style urbanization had not yet fully taken hold. Maintaining his signature grainy, dramatic style, the photographer concentrated on intersections of tradition and modernity in the small northern town of Goshogawara, the home of technology giant Toshiba.
Currently Off View
- Daido Moriyama
- Gelatin silver print
- Unmarked recto; signed and inscribed verso, lower left, in graphite: "Daido Moriyama / 森山大道 [artist's name in Japanese]"
- 27.9 × 41.3 cm (image); 44.7 × 54.9 cm (paper)
- Photography Purchase Fund
- © 1976 Daido Moriyama, Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and Taka Ishil Gallery, Tokyo.