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Friday Inspiration – Daido Moriyama

“Photography is the act of fixing time, not of expressing the world. The camera is an inadequate tool for extracting a vision of the world or of beauty. The photographer who attempts to fit happily into the world by using the traditional perspective of the camera will end up falling into the hole of the idea he has dug for himself. Photography is a medium that only exists by momentarily fixing the discovery and cognition to be encountered in the ceaselessly moving exterior world.”

Daido Moriyama was born in Ikeda, Osaka in 1938. After becoming a freelance commercial designer at the age of 20, he began to study photography in 1960 and moved to Tokyo in 1961. Since then, he has published over seventy-five books.

Moriyama generally takes his photos with a compact 35mm camera, often without using the viewfinder. The results are black & white prints that are often stark and contrasting within itself. His images depict the collapse of traditional values in a post-war Japan and show the darker sides of urban life and the less-seen parts of cities, showing how life in these areas is being left behind other industrialized parts.

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Read more about Daido Moriyama at moriyamadaido.com and see images from Memories of a Dog at Michael Dawson Gallery.

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