Journey for Something.
Photographs by Daido Moriyama.
240 pp., 320 tritone illustrations, 13½x10".
Daido Moriyama (born 1938) first attracted international attention in the 1970s, with his gritty, black-and-white photographs of Shinjuku, a bustling area of Tokyo. Published for a spring 2012 exhibition at Reflex Art Gallery, Amsterdam, and with more than 230 large-scale images, Journey for Something offers an exciting overview of Moriyama’s new work, as well as his classic images and some never-before-seen photographs that have been carefully selected by the artist for this volume. Many of Moriyama’s photographs are shot with a light, hand-held camera, at times through a window or from across the street, often as if he were a tourist himself. A wide assortment of playful and almost surrealist images, Journey for Something follows Moriyama from Tokyo to Osaka, from shimmering rows of nightclubs to shoes dangling from a telephone wire and a man running naked through the streets.