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Osaka-born photographer Daido Moriyama is famous for his still-shot chronicles of war-ravaged Japan. He studied photography under the tutelage of Takeji Iwamiya, and later on worked as an assistant for Eikoh Hosoe.
Moriyama’s dark shots – grainy, black and white, and shot from a peculiar angle – are his methods of showing the world how rural areas in Japan have been left behind by the industrialization of cities such as Tokyo and Osaka. Moriyama draws his photography inspirations from Andy Warhol, William Klein, Shomei Tomatsu, Seiryu Inoue, among many others.
Moriyama published his own photo book, entitled ‘Documentary 1-5’ in 1972. It was then followed by several books and features in photography magazines all around the world. Moriyama’s work was displayed in several art galleries since the dawn of the 1990’s. He has exhibited his shots in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Seville, and Cologne.
In recognition of his contributions to the world of photography, Moriyama was awarded the following citations: the Japan Photo Critics Association New Artist Award in 1967, the Photographic Society of Japan Annual Award in 1983, the 44th Manichi art citation in 2003, and the prestigious Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie medal the following year.