Daido Moriyama (b.1938, Osaka) is one of Japan's leading figures in photography. Witness to the spectacular changes that transformed post WWII Japan, his black and white photographs express a fascination with the cultural contradictions of age-old traditions that persist within modern society. Providing a harsh, crude vision of city life and the chaos of everyday existence, strange worlds, and unusual characters, his work occupies a unique space between the objective and the subjective, the illusory and the real. Moriyama's use of a small hand-held automatic camera gives his images a loose and casual aesthetic, undermined by a forceful and decisive point of view. His work has been collected by numerous prominent public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Getty, Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Moriyama has had major solo shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Fondation Cartier, Paris, the Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
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