For more than 60 years, Daido Moriyama has used dense, grainy images to interrogate and revolutionise the way we look at the world.
Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective, is at The Photographers Gallery in Soho.
The show has been three years in the making – it is the first time the gallery has devoted its entire space to one artist, taking over four floors.
There are slideshows on projectors, installations of images covering entire walls, magazine and book spreads, and sequences of striking prints, mostly in black and white.
Born in post-war Japan, Mr Moriyama’s work encapsulates the clash between Japanese tradition and Westernisation, following the US military occupation of Japan after the end of the Second World War.
The exhibition focuses on different moments of his career – beginning with his early works for Japanese magazines.
You are then led through works from his self-reflexive period in the 1980s and 1990s, following on to his explorations of photography and of his memory through the reinvention of his own archive.
Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective, brings together more than 200 works and large-scale installations, as well as many of Moriyama’s rare photo books and magazines, for the first time in the UK.
One floor of the gallery has been transformed into a reading room offering a rare opportunity to sit and look through his publications Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective .
Picture: Stray Dog, Misawa, 1971, from A Hunter Picture: Daidō Moriyama/Daidō Moriyama Photo Foundation
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