Reacting to the postwar Japan of social unrest, protest and rapid growth, Daido Moriyama: Prints and Books from 1960s – 1980s surveys through Daido Moriyama’s works, and how they reflect the Zeitgeist Movement of Japan between 1960s – 1980s.
In case you haven’t heard, Daido Moriyama will also be making a Southeast Asian debut at the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) 2016 of an exhibition of his prints and books from the period 1960s – 1980s.
A special interview with Moriyama and address to the audience will also be screened at the exhibition opening. During the SIPF press conference, Festival Director Lee Gim Lay revealed that while Moriyama feels audiences in Taiwan and Hong Kong understand his work, he wasn’t too sure that Southeast Asians do. We’ll have to see the full interview for more context, but one can assume Moriyama is referencing what he feels is a shallow emphasis on his form and aesthetics in the region.
Exhibition: Daido Moriyama: Prints & Books 1960s – 1980s
Reacting to the postwar Japan of social unrest, protest and rapid growth, Daido Moriyama: Prints and Books from 1960s – 1980s surveys through Daido Moriyama’s works, and how they reflect the Zeitgeist Movement of Japan between 1960s – 1980s. The exhibition will feature wallpaper installations, original prints & photo books and never seen before works from the series, Hunter, taken in 1972 by Daido Moriyama.
Daido Moriyama (Japan, b. 1938) is one of Japan’s foremost contemporary photographers. Moriyama, initially trained as a graphic designer, became fascinated with photography and studied at the Takeji Owamiya studio in Osaka. In 1961, he moved to Tokyo and became the assistant to Eikoh Hosoe, before starting his career as a freelance photographer. Shortly after, he was also awarded the New Artist Award from the Japan Photo-Critics Association.
Moriyama began to produce his own collection of photographs depicting the forgotten areas and darker side of cities. His images are noted for capturing the breakdown in Japan’s traditions, capturing life during and following the American occupation of Japan after World War II. His images are predominately black and white, but complete works include colours of polaroids, screenprints, silkscreens, installations and films.
Moriyama has received global recognition, having exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. He has also published various photo books and photo-essays and has his work is acquired in multiple collections, both public and private.