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Daido Moriyama was born in Ikeda on 10 October 1938. Since childhood, the boy did not differ sociability, and friendship with peers preferred walking alone in his native city. This habit later transformed into a hobby, a profession, a way of life. Now Dido is a famous street photographer in Japan. He is 80 years old, but he still wanders around the cities and shoots everything that his gaze clings to.

By his own admission, Moriyama’s taking a photo of him was prompted by a “broken heart.” In 1961, a young man moved to the capital of Japan. There he met Eiko Khosoe, a photographer already known at the time. Daido was eager to join the creative union of the VIVO photographers, but just a few days after his meeting with Eiko, the team disbanded. The disappointment of the young man brightened up the fact that soon he managed to become an assistant to Hoseo. He even assisted him in creating the famous photo shoot Punishing Roses.

In 1964, Daido met Takuma Nakahir and began his career as an independent photo artist. This acquaintance will allow him in 1968 to take part in creating pictures for the magazine Provoke. By that time, Moriyama will be inspired by the works of Kerouac and Viji, which will contribute to developing his own recognizable style. Monochrome photos, plain street photography, “on the run”, on the road. It seems to be simple, but this simplicity is very valuable for the author. The black and white base gives room for symbolization, and grace and eroticism capture the viewer with his head.

Photo by Daido Moriyama

Only 4 issues of Provoke magazine were released before it ceased to exist. This magazine was not immediately appreciated, and in fact it became a landmark in photo art and a cult photo for fans. Contrasting, grainy, noisy and often out of focus shots fascinate with their appearance, attract with some kind of magical energy.

Photo by Daido Moriyama

Daido did not pay attention to criticism, he sought to recreate a life without embellishment, the way he sees it. His goal is to take simple pictures of what he sees, without contrived conceptuality, without a licked technique. Moriyama easily photographs while the vehicle is moving or “from the hip,” without looking into the viewfinder, while often using a film soapbox. Only in this way does the master manage to face the true reality that does not pretend to high art.

Photographer Daido Moriyama

The most appropriate symbol with which Daido compares itself is the stray dog. The photographer believes that this is the only way to create real pictures: wandering aimlessly along the roads, facing different people and looking around. Only by acting instinctively can one “smell” the taste of life.

Once he very successfully captured such a resident of the streets. This picture entered the annals of the history of photography. Looking into the eyes of a homeless dog, you seem to peer at yourself, in your inner world, plunging into the most powerful experiences of important issues of life. Moriyama made this shot in 1971 in the town of Misawa.

Photographer Daido Moriyama

During the youth and maturity of Dido, Japan was changing rapidly. Development and transformation took place sharply and significantly, values ​​were deformed, the usual way of life broke. The artist carefully captured this changing lifestyle with his compact camera.

Photographer Daido Moriyama

Daido released his first photo book in 1968. It was called the “Japanese Theater”. In total, for his long career, Moriyama collected more than 150 photo albums. Such as “Goodbye, photography!”, “Dog’s time”, “Light and shadow” are recognized far beyond Japan.

Photographer Daido Moriyama

The style of the author does not leave indifferent, someone considers Daido a genius, and someone – an absolute amateur and clumsy. This does not prevent him from doing what he likes, getting rewards and love of the public for it.

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