Daido Moriyama

Daido Moriyama (b. 1938) is the foremost representative of subjective documentary photography, the dominant tradition within Japanese photography of the postwar era. Moriyama’s works reflect the postwar clashes with western culture and the break with traditional values, further enhanced by his photo appropriations of popular media, erotic scenes and consumer fetishism. Characteristic traits are strong black and white contrasts, grainy and unsharp images, unusual angles and compositional croppings. Most well-known for his dense, grainy monochrome street photography, Moriyama has also worked in color.

Among the most important exhibitions are “New Japanese Photography” at the MoMA in New York, 1974 (curated by John Szarkowsky), the restrospective “Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1999), “Daido Moriyama” at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris (2003) and “William Klein/ Daido Moriyama” at Tate Modern in London (2012-2013). Moriyama lives and works in Tokyo.

Selected works


Born 1938 in Osaka, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

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2019 A Diary, Hasselblad Foundation, Göteborg, Sweden
2016 Daido Tokyo, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France
2014 Searching Journeys, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2014 Daido Moriyama endless works N/S, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Okinawa
2013 Hokkaido / The World Through My Eyes", Galleri Riis, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 William Klein/Daido Moriyama, Tate Modern, London, UK
2012 Fracture: Daido Moriyama, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Color, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway
2011 Memory of my Eyes, Galleri Riis, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 DAIDO MORIYAMA: ON THE ROAD, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2010 Memory of my Eyes, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2010 The World Through my Eyes, Fondazione di Cassa di Risparmio, Modena, Italy
2010 Luhring Augustine, New York, USA
2009 Hokkaido, Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Switzerland
2008 Daido retrospective 1965-2005, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Hawaii, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Daido Moriyama Retrospectiva Desde 1965, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla, Spain
2004 Remix, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris
2004 Art Cologne 2004, Cologne, Germany
2003 Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France
2003 Moriyama Daido 1965-2003, Shimane Art Museum; Kushiro Art Museum; Kawasaki City Museum, Japan
2001 Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
2000 Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
1999 Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, San Francisco MOMA; the Metropolitan Museum, New York; Japan Society, New York, USA
1998 Osaka, Taka Ishii Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1996 Color, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Center Of Photography Tokyo Institute Of Polytechnics, Tokyo, Japan
Fondation Cartier Pour L’art Contemporain, Paris, France
Kawasaki City Museum, Japan
Los Angeles County Museum Of Art, USA
Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Museum Of Modern Art, New York, USA
San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, USA
The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York, USA
The National Museum Of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum Of Photography, Japan