Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog. Texts by Moriyama, Sandra Phillips, Alexandra Munroe. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Japan Society, New York, 1999. 160 pp. Quarto. First edition. SIGNED in Kanji and English on half-title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Printed obi. Black-and-white reproductions. Includes detailed chronology, exhibition history, and bibliography, and exhibition checklist.
The best Moriyama retrospective to date. Includes insightful essays by Sandra Phillips and Alexandra Munroe that are some of the best writing on Moriyama to appear in English. Essential for anyone interested in the artist and in Japanese photography in general!
"Stage actors and stray dogs. High-rises and cherry blossoms. The diversity of moods, angles, and startling configurations which populate the images of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama (b. 1938) are a testament to thirty-five years of work at the forefront of his medium. This important book provides a crucial overview of an artist whose pioneering work prefigures much current cutting-edge photography. Originally trained as a designer, Moriyama saw William Klein's book New York and a catalogue of photographs by Andy Warhol early in his career. From Klein and Warhol he learned to appreciate the harsh contrast and coarse half-tone effects of cheap publishing, raised to a positive aesthetic level. Other influences included writer Jack Kerouac, the inspiration for a seminal series of photos he took while travelling the highways near Tokyo. He was also connected to dramatist Shuji Terayama, the Artaud of Japan, whose use of vaudevillian concepts parallels Moriyama's fascination with society's underworld."--the publisher