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Daido Moriyama, Provoke No.2, 1969 | © The Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation

Daido Moriyama, Provoke No.2, 1969 | © The Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation


Marc Jancou Contemporary are delighted to present an exhibition by Daido Moriyama, one of Japan’s most influential photographers.

Best known for his black-and-white street photography, in his images Moriyama makes use of sharply tilted angles, grainy textures, harsh contrasts, and blurred movements to capture human experience in the changing urban environment as seen through the photographer’s wandering gaze, while many of his most celebrated works from the 1960s and 1970s are read through the lens of post-war reconstruction following Japan’s American occupation.

The present exhibition brings together a large selection of images which span the multiple facets of the photographer’s oeuvre, including his trademark street images to domestic still lives and the more provocative Tights series. The photographs are accompanied by an equally large selection of publications which include several of Moriyama’s photo-essays and photo-books as well as monographs and other selected books on his life and work.

The exhibition is organised by Marc Jancou Contemporary and hosted by the Art Kiosk in Rougemont and the Saanen Vitrine in Saanen, Switzerland. The show is accompanied by a limited edition calendar for 2023 featuring a selection of twelve images also included in the show.

The show will be on view from the 15th of December 2022 to the 15th of January 2023.

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Daido Moriyama was born in Osaka in 1938. He first studied in Osaka and then in 1961 moved to Tokyo where he worked for photographer and filmmaker Eikoh Hosoe before he started producing his own collection of photographs. Starting off by focusing on the forgotten areas and darker sides of his own home, Moriyama’s early work captures life during and after the American occupation of Japan after World War II, focusing on the effects of industrialisation and the shift in urban life in a rapidly changing world. Moriyama is the most prominent photographer to have emerged from the influential Provoke movement, based around the experimental photography magazine of the same name.

Moriyama’s photographs have been exhibited widely in several solo and group exhibitions, including at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain in 2003 and 2016, Tate Modern in 2012 and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) in 2021. Awards include the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2019, the Lifetime Achievement Infinity Award from The International Center for Photography, New York in 2012 and the Culture Award, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh), Cologne in 2004.

Moriyama lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.