From February 6 to June 5, 2016, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris will present a solo exhibition of Daido Moriyama, a legendary figure in Japanese photography.
Daido Moriyama (born 1938 in Ikeda) invented a new visual language in his work from the mid-1960s onwards. Frenetic and tormented, it depicts a reality that is grainy, blurry, and out-of-focus. Witness to the spectacular changes that transformed postwar Japan, his photographs express the contradictions in a country where age-old traditions persist within a modern society. Often blurred, taken from vertiginous angles, or overwhelmed by close-ups, they show a proximity to and a particular relationship with the subject. Daido Moriyama’s photographs of Tokyo, in particular of the narrow streets of Shinjuku District—where all sections of the population live—, provide a harsh, crude vision of city life, the chaos of everyday existence, strange worlds, and unusual characters.
Considering books as the best means to spread his work, Daido Moriyama has published more than 150 monographs so far. His work was shown in major solo exhibitions at the SFMoMA in San Francisco (1999), the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2008), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2009), and the Tate in London (2012–13). It is also part of the collections of prestigious international institutions, including the MoMa in New York, the Getty Museum of Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris.
Twelve years after the organization of a landmark solo exhibition of Daido Moriyama, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will present the exhibition Daido Moriyama, Daido Tokyo featuring a large selection of color photographs by the artist, shedding light on this lesser-known yet ubiquitous aspect of his photographic practice over the last two decades. The Fondation Cartier has also commissioned a slide show of 291 black-andwhite photographs, which will plunge viewers into the unrelenting urban hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
The catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition will include these images as well as a text by the artist, providing a unique occasion to discover Daido Moriyama’s recent work and to rediscover the subjects that are omnipresent in the artist’s work and his penchant for textures and shaky compositions.
Daido Moriyama, Daido Tokyo
Publisher: Fondation Cartier pour l’art
Hardback, 18 × 27 cm, 248 pages
377 color and black-and-white
Text by Daido Moriyama
Price: £26; $40
Publication date: February 2016
Distribution: Thames & Hudson