Daido Moriyama

b. 1938, Osaka, Japan

Daido Moriyama was an assistant to photographers Takeji Iwamiya and Eikoh Hosoe before he started to work independently in 1964. He was awarded the New Artist Award in 1967 by the Japan Photo Critics Association. In 1968-1970, Moriyama was involved in Provoke, an experimental photography magazine, which promoted a style of photography regarded as “are, bure, boke” (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus) that came to define post-war Japanese photography. Moriyama had solo exhibitions at The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, France (2016); The Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, Japan (2008); The Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany (2000) and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA (1999). In 2012, he pariticpated in a joint-solo exhibition “William Klein + Daido Moriyama” at Tate Modern, London (2012). In 2012, he became the first Japanese to be awarded the 28th Annual Infinity Awards (Lifetime Achievement) presented by the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. His work is collected by prominent institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, USA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, USA; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA; the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, USA; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA; and The Centre Pompidou in Paris, France.

About a room (1980s)
a room (1980s) is a series of black and white, grainy, high contrast portraits of women fully naked or half-naked in different rooms, which appear to be in private residence or love hotels. These images are mostly full view or close-up shots of the subjects, without revealing their faces. The images are filled with an intimate and erotic atmosphere, and the snapshot aesthetic is instantly recognizable as Moriyama’s signature. a room series was recently exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles in Arles, France (2015).

Exhibition details of "Shikijo: eroticism in Japanese photography" (7.5 - 25.6.2016)