Nakaji e no tabi (A Journey to Nakaji). Photographs by Daido Moriyama. Sokyu-sha, Tokyo, 1987. 88 pp. Small quarto. First edition. Signed 'Daido' in gold paint marker on front free end-paper. Clothbound with silver stamped Japanese title. Cardboard slipcase (that is stamped (Daido Moriyama, Sohkyusha, '93; the colophon, however, indicates the 1987 first printing date). 42 black-and-white reproductions.
Moriyama's hommage to one of his primary influences, the pioneering Japanese photographer Yasui Nakaji. In this book (along with Hikari to kage (Light and Shadow) (1982), which was a salute to one of the nineteenth century's primary innovators in photography, Nicéphore Niépce), Moriyama shifted away from his earlier style--the are, bure, boke, or "rough, blurred, and out-of-focus," tendency of the Provoke movement--and sought a return to the origins of photography.--reference, Anne Wilkes Tucker, et. al., The History of Japanese Photography, p. 221 & 351.