1987. Item #4028

Influenced by Japanese experimentalists such as filmmaker Shuji Terayama and writer Yukio Mishima, Daido Moriyama (b. 1938) is a Japanese photographer known for documenting the landscape and people of neighborhoods left behind by technological and industrial progress. His photos, often out-of-focus, grainy, and and shot in high-contrast, rejected traditional compositional values and revolutionized Japanese street photography. Among the most well-known Japanese photographers of the post-war period, his work has proved to be immensely influential on photographers up to the present.

Moriyama utilized water as a texture throughout many of his photographs, and this grainy high contrast black and white print renders the water murky, black, and seemingly solid, with the light reflecting off of it creating a play of reflections. This photograph was featured in the books Daido Moriyama: The Complete Works, and Daido Moriyama: 80s Vintage Prints.

Gelatin silver print. Annotations on recto. Artist signature on verso.

10 × 12 in.


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