Daido Moriyama

Daido Moriyama Born in 1938, Osaka, Japan. After working as an assistant under photographers Takeji Iwamiya and Eikoh Hosoe, Moriyama struck out on his own in 1964. His photographs were continuously featured in photography magazines. From 1968 to 70, he joined the legendry zine named “Provoke.” In the 60s and 70s, Moriyama caused waves in the Japanese photography scene with his high contrasted, coarse grained photographs, the essence of which is best captured in the expression “rough, slur, blur”. He never stopped questioning “What is photography?” and answered this question with the publication of two collections of his work in 1972- “good-bye photograph (Shashin-yo-Sayounara)” and “Hunter (Kariudo)”, both being radical explorations of the topic at hand. However, by publishing both books, Moriyama found that his photography had become too conceptual and slid into a slump. Later on, Moriyama started serializing his work in a new magazine named “generation of photograph (Shashin-jidai, 1980-)” , breaking new ground for his mindset towards photography.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh)
The 44th Mainichi Art Award
Photographer of the Year Award from the Photographic Society of Japan
New Artist Award from the Japan Photo-Critics Association
MAlbertina Museum, Vienna
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh)
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
Fotomuseum Wintherthur, Zurich
Kunsthaus Zurich
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Princeton University
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Selvaag Photo Collection
Shimane Art Musem
The Centre Pompidou, Paris
the Getty
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Center of Photography Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics
Chichu Art Museum, Kagawa
Fukui Art Museum
Kawasaki City Museum
Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido
Miyagi Museum of Art
Nihon University
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art
Yokohama Museum of Art
BLD Gallery,Tokyo


Daido Moriyama - Northern No.1
Northern No.1
by Daido Moriyama
Daido Moriyama - Northern No.2
Northern No.2
by Daido Moriyama
Daido Moriyama - Northern No.3
Northern No.3
by Daido Moriyama
Daido Moriyama - Northern No.4
Northern No.4
by Daido Moriyama
Daido Moriyama - Northern No.5
Northern No.5
by Daido Moriyama


Solo Exhibition

2010 "Daido Moriyama" Luhring Augustine
'Hokkaido Vol.2'  Higashikawa Bunka Gallery, Hokkaido, Japan
"NAGISA" BLD Gallery, Tokyo
"Northern" Six, Osaka 
"Record No15 NewYork" artdish, Tokyo
2009 "Ginza/DIGITAL", Ring Cube, Tokyo
"Light&Shadow", BLD Gallery, Tokyo
"Hokkaido", Miyanomori Art Museum Sapporo, Yubari Art Museum, Arte Piazza Bibai, Parco Sapporo
"Around Magazine Work 1965-1974", NADiff a/p/a/r/t/,Tokyo
2008 "Hokkaido", RATHOLE Gallery, Tokyo
"bye-bye polaroid", Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
"Shinjuku, Tokyo", Studio Guenzani, Milano
"Polaroid", Galerie Alex Daniels, Amsterdam
"Daido Retrospective 1965-2005, Daido Hawaii",Tokyo
Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
2007 "Vintage prints from the 1960s and 70s", Galleri Riis, Oslo
"Hawaii", Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
"Daido Moriyama Retrospectiva desde 1965", Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla
Traveling exhibition: "Daido Moriyama Retrospektive ab 1965", Die PhotographischeSammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne
2006 "it", RATHOLE Gallery, Tokyo
"shinjuku 1973, 25pm", Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
"Daido Moriyama", Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
2005 "Wilderness!", LOGOS gallery, Tokyo
"Tokyo", Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam
"Buenos Aires", Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
"Buenos Aires", epSITE, Epson Imaging Gallery, Tokyo
"Buenos Aires", Gallery D’s (Kyoto University of Art and Design)
"Daido Moriyama", Gallery RAKU (Kyoto University of Art and Design)
"vintage and modern prints daido moriyama", Galerie Bob van Oursow, Zurich
2004 "Remix", Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris Art Cologne 2004, Cologne
"Daido Moriyama Colour prints and vintages", Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne
"Daido Moriyama", Maruzen Marunouchi Gallery, Tokyo
"Daido Moriyama", Shine Gallery, London
2003 Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
"Moriyama Daido 1965-2003" Shimane Art Museum, Shimane
travelling to Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido, Kawasaki City Museum
2002 "inside the white cube: Antipodes" White Cube, London
"Daido Moriyama: Shinjuku - Platform - Light & Shadow" The Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagoya
"'71 - NY" Roth Horowitz, New York
"Platform, Light and Shadow" Daiwa Radiator Factory, Hiroshima
"Shinjuku" Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
2001 "Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog"
Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, travelling to Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
2000 "Passage" Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
"Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog" Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, travelling to Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
1999 "Rafflesia" Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
"Tono Story" Taka Ishii Gallery, Los Angeles
"Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog" San Francisco MOMA, San Francisco, travelling to The Metropolitan Museum, Japan Society, New York
"Tokyo Colors" The Deep Gallery, Paris
1998 "Fragments" Parco Gallery, Tokyo
"Osaka" Taka Ishii Gallery, Los Angeles
1997 "Osaka" Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
1996 "Color" Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
1995 "Imitation" Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
"Peeping Out" Place M, Tokyo
1994 "Moriyama Daido Photo Exhibition" On Sunday's, Tokyo
1993 "Moriyama Daido : Photo Installation" On Sunday's, Tokyo
"Moriyama Daido Photo Exhibition" Laurence Miller Gallery, New York
1992 "Moriyama Daido : Works of 1970's" Il Tempo, Tokyo
1990 "Moriyama Daido Photo Exhibition" Zeit Photo Salon, Tokyo
1982 "Light and Shadow, The Last Part" Konishiroku Photo Gallery, Tokyo
1981 "Light and Shadow" Nagase Photo Salon
"Moriyama Daido Photo Exhibition" Zeit Photo Salon, Tokyo
1980 "Japan" Fotogalerie in FORUM STADTPARK, Graz
1978 "Tsugaru Straits" CAMP, Tokyo
"Niigata City" CAMP, Tokyo
1977 "Tokyo" Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo
1976 "Goshogawara" Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo
"Moriyama Daido Photo Exhibition" Shadai Gallery, Tokyo
"Whistle if You Need Me" CAMP, Tokyo
1974 "Tales of Tono" Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo

Group Exhibition

2008 “Asian Dub Photography”, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy
“Daido Moriyama and Miguel Rio Branco Photographic Exhibition – A Quiet Gaze, Echoing Worlds”, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
“Dark side”, Fotomuseum, Zurich
“Papaisos Indefinidos”, Centro de Fotografia Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca
2007 "Portraits", Luhring Augustine, New York
"Eyes of an island, A survey of Japanese photography, 1945-2007", Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
2006 "Biennale of Sydney, Zones of Contact", Sydney
"Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain", Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2005 "Rising Sun, Melting Moon, Contemporary Art in Japan", The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
"Chikaku : Time and Memory in Japan", Kunsthaus Graz & Camera Austria travelling to Museum of Contemporary Art Vigo, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
"Beyond Light and Shadow The Collection of Kushiro Art Museum: Photographs", Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido
"Children of the World: Witness for Tomorrow", The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo
"Moriyama Shinjuku Araki", Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
"Daido Moriyama + Nobuyoshi Araki 'Contact.Shinjuku.Trimming'", NADiff, Tokyo
2004 Rencontre D’Arles 2004 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Taka Ishii Gallery
2003 "Japan - Contemporary Ceramics and Photography" Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
2002 "Photonesia" Naha City Public Gallery, Okinawa
2001 "Open City: Street photographs since 1950" Museum of Modern Art
Oxford, travelling to The Lowry, Salford Quays, UK Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao, Spain Hirshhorn Museum and sculpture Garden, Washington,D.C.
1996 "Figure" Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
1995 "Photo City Tokyo" Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
"Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and Photography 1953-1995" Museum of Modern Art Tokyo Film Center, Tokyo
1994 "Place M Opening Exhibition" Place M, Tokyo
1992 "Japanese Pop Art 1969's" Fukui Art Museum, Fukui
1991 "Beyond Japan" Barbican Art Gallery, London
"Japanese Photography in Memories Frozen in Time 1970's" Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
1990 "Fotofest '90" Houston
"Foto Biennale Rotterdam '90" Rotterdam
"Tokyo, A City Perspective"
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
The Past and The Present of Photography" Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
"Photography and Climatology" Miyagi Museum of Art, Miyagi
"Photography Contest Document, Toyama" The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama
1989 "Internationale Foto-Triennale", Esslingen
"Eleven Photographers 1965-1975" Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi "Orientalism" White Museum (World Design Expo'89)
1988 "Japanese Contemporary Photographers", Prague
1987 "Japanese Contemporary Photography", Rochester
1986 "Fotografia Japonesa Contemporanea", Madrid
1985 "Black Sun : The Eyes of Four" Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
1979 "Japan: A Self-Portrait" ICP, New York
1976 "Neue Fotografie aus Japan" Municipal Museum of Graz, Graz
1975 "A History of Japanese Modern Photography" Seibu Museum, Tokyo
1974 "New Japanese Photography" Museum of Modern Art, New York
"Fifteen Photographers" Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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