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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.

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  1. 2019A Diary, Hasselblad Foundation, Göteborg, Sweden
  2. 2016Daido Tokyo, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France
  3. 2014Searching Journeys,Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, China
  4. 2014Daido Moriyama endless works N/S, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Okinawa
  5. 2013Hokkaido / The World Through My Eyes", Galleri Riis, Stockholm, Sweden
  6. 2012William Klein/Daido Moriyama, Tate Modern, London, UK
  7. 2012Fracture: Daido Moriyama, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  8. 2012Color, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway
  9. 2011Memory of my Eyes, Galleri Riis, Stockholm, Sweden
  10. 2011DAIDO MORIYAMA: ON THE ROAD, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
  11. 2010Memory of my Eyes, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  12. 2010The World Through my Eyes, Fondazione di Cassa di Risparmio, Modena, Italy
  13. 2010Luhring Augustine, New York, USA
  14. 2009Hokkaido, Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Switzerland
  15. 2008Daido retrospective 1965-2005, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
  16. 2007Hawaii, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  17. 2007Daido Moriyama Retrospectiva Desde 1965, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla, Spain
  18. 2004Remix, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris
  19. 2004Art Cologne 2004, Cologne, Germany
  20. 2003Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France
  21. 2003Moriyama Daido 1965-2003, Shimane Art Museum; Kushiro Art Museum; Kawasaki City Museum, Japan
  22. 2001Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  23. 2000Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
  24. 1999Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, San Francisco MOMA; the Metropolitan Museum, New York; Japan Society, New York, USA
  25. 1998Osaka, Taka Ishii Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  26. 1996Color, 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