Daido Moriyama (b. 1938)


One of the most revered living Japanese photographers, Daido Moriyama’s work is saturated with the melancholic beauty of life at its most ordinary. His photographs epitomize wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection. Moriyama focuses in on the lost and the discarded, and finds echoes of living through the breakdown of traditional values in post-war Japan.


Daido Moriyama was born in 1938 along with a twin brother, who died when Daido was two. His childhood was spent in the town of Urawa, outside Tokyo where the passing GI’s would throw chocolate and chewing gum to the children. Citing Kerouac’s On the Road as one of his greatest influences, Moriyama draws inspiration from Atget and Weegee as well as William Klein and Warhol. Comparing himself to a machine gun, Moriyama fires off his camera in rapid bursts of instinctive shooting.


The 1980s finds Moriyama at his most lyrical. With the extreme provocations of his 60s and 70s work behind him, he turns to a plainer, more centered investigation of everyday life. His camera and his printing (he makes all his prints himself) are voracious, hungry all the time. He seems to be intent on finding beauty and meaning in every scrap and horizon that the sun reveals to his eye.


Moriyama’s output since 1968 is legendary. He has produced over 150 books of his photographs. He has had over 100 solo exhibitions. In the U.S., he was a central figure in MoMA’s groundbreaking 1974 New Japanese Photography,  and in 1999 SFMoMA organized and exhibited the retrospective Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, which was also shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Japan Society in New York.


“The crushing force of time is before my eyes, and I myself try to keep pressing the shutter release of the camera. In this inevitable race between the two of us, I feel I am going to be burnt up.” – Daido Moriyama


Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Daido Moriyama: Now and Now, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
Daido Moriyama, Luhring Augustine
Hokkaido Vol.2,  Higashikawa Bunka Gallery, Hokkaido, Japan
Northern, Six, Osaka 
Record No15 NewYork, artdish, Tokyo
THE WORLD THROUGH MY EYES, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Modena, Italy
SNAP-ROUTE122, artdish, Tokyo
THE TROPICS, Place M, 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
Daido Moriyama: The 80s, Vintage Prints, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
bye-bye polaroid,  TAKA ISHII GALLERY, Tokyo
Hokkaido,  RAT HOLE GALLERY, Tokyo
S - RING CUBE, Tokyo
FAR FROM HOME, Galarie Kamei Mannour, Paris
Daido Moriyama, reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam
Retrospective 1965-2005 / HAWAII, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography  
Daido Emotion: Daido Moriyama Collection,  Shimane Art Museum, Shimane
Buenos Aires, Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum, Miyazaki
25:00 Shinjuku, 1973, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
it- Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo
Vintage and Modern Prints, Galerie Bob van Oursow, Switzerland
Daido Moriyama; Buenos Aires, Kyoto University of Art and Design
Buenos Aires, Epson imaging gallery epSITE, Tokyo
Buenos Aires, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Takuno, Place M, Tokyo
Daido Moriyama: TOKYO, Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam
transit, FIFTY ONE fine art photography, Antwerpen
Daido Moriyama Hysteric, (poster of photogrpaphs/ digital prints) Hysteric Glomour, Tokyo
Daido Moriyama, Maruzen Gallery, Tokyo
Daido Moriyama, Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne
Daido Moriyama, galerie kamel mennour, Paris
Hunter of Light  Daido Moriyama 1965-2003, (retrospective exhibition) Shimane Art Museum, Shimane; Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido; Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa
Daido Moriyama in Polaroid: Ambivalence, il tempo, Tokyo
Daido Moriyama, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Cop-llage, Nadiff gallery, Tokyo
Shinjuku, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Platform, Light and Shadow, Daiwa Radiator Factory, Hiroshima
'71-NY, Roth Horwitz, New York
Daido Moriyama: Shinjuku ? Platform, Light and Shadow ?, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagoya, Aichi
Inside The White Cube: Antipodes, White Cube, London
Passage, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
PARIS, (inkjet prints) EPSON Imaging Gallery epSITE, Tokyo
Daido Moriyama: stray dog, with Publication of the catalogue daido moriyama: stray dog, San Francisco Modern Museum; Metropolitan Museum and Japan Society in New York (-99); Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Fotomuseum Folkwang Essen, Essen (-2000); Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusets; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego (-2001)
Rafflesia, (silk screen works) , Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Tohno Story, Taka Ishii Gallery, Los Angeles
Tokyo Colors, The Deep Gallery, Paris
Daido Moriyama, galerie agathe gaillard, Paris
OSAKA, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Polaroid Polaroid, Polaroid Gallery, Tokyo
COLOR 1970-1990, Picture Photo Space, Osaka
COLOR, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Daido hysteric, Ruth Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
Paris, il tempo gallery, Tokyo
Peeping Out, Place M, Tokyo
Imitation, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Daido Moriyama: The works from the latest Book, On Sunday’s, Tokyo
Daido Moriyama: Works through the 1970s, il Tempo Gallery, Tokyo 
Daido Moriyama: A Photo Installation, On Sunday’s, Tokyo 
Daido Moriyama Photographs, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York
Daido Moriyama Photo Exhibition, Zeit-foto Salon, Tokyo
Landscape - Thailand, FOTO DAIDO, Tokyo
Marrakech Morocco,  FOTO DAIDO, Tokyo
Paris,  FOTO DAIDO, Tokyo
Jouney to Nakaji, Chikurin Seija, Sapporo. Freelance, Otaru. Asahi 
Shimbun Wakayama Brunch ('89). Kashiwazaki Energy Hall, Niigata
Daido Moriyama : Calender, CAMP , Toyko
Light & Shadow: The last chapter,  Konishiroku Photo Gallery, Tokyo
Light & Shadow, Nagai Photo Salon, Tokyo
Daido Moriyama Photo Exhibition, Zeit-Foto Salon. Tokyo
Daido Moriyama, Gallery Form , Graz, Austlia
the Tsugaru Strait, CAMP, Tokyo
Niigata-City, CAMP, Tokyo
Tokyo: Meshed World, Ginza Nikon Salon, Shinjuku Nikon Salon, Tokyo : Osaka Nikon Salon
Cherry Bloosoms, Matto Grosso Gallery, Tokyo
Hunter, Nijuban Hall, Naha, Okinawa 
Daido Moriyama Printing Show, Shimuzu Gallery, Tokyo
Harley Davidson, Gallery jun, Tokyo
The Tales of Tohno, Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo
Goshogawara, Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo
Daido Moriyama photo exhibition, Shadai Gallery, Tokyo
Whistle if you need me, CAMP, Tokyo
Scandal, Plaza Dick, Tokyo


Selected Group Exhibitions:
A Quiet Gaze, Echoing Worlds#, Daido Moriyama and Migues Rio Branco- Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Shuji Terayama and Daido Moriyama: Aa, KMya -Logos Gallery, Tokyo
CHIKAKU: Space and Memory in Japan- Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Museum of Contemporary Art Vigo, Spain
Guangzhou Photo Biennale -guangdong Museum of Art
Moriyama/Shinjuku/Araki- (two persons exhibition with Nobuyoshi Araki) Tokyo Operacity Gallery
Mask of Japan- aura gallery, Shanghai
Japan: Contemporary Ceramics and Photography- Hambourg
Photonesia- (with the symposium titled “the Memories and Creativity in Photography” by Shomei Tomatsu, Nobuyoshi Araki, Takuma Nakahira and Moriyama) Naha City Public Gallery, Okinawa.
M Exhibition- Place M, Tokyo
Open City: Street Photographs since 1950- Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; The Lowry Salford Quays, UK; Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao, Spain; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC.
M Exhibition -Place M, Tokyo.
Figure - Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
25 photographers’ works in their 20’s- Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi
The National Museum of Modern Art and Photography: 1953-1995 - The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Film Center, Tokyo
Photo City Tokyo - Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Place M opening: Three -Persons Exhibition- (with Masato Seto and Hiroyasu Nakai) Place M, Tokyo
What photographers have been expressing 1960-1990, Konica Plaza, Tokyo
14 Photographers in Japan Part II ? Contemporary Photography, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo
Beyond Japan, Barbican Art Gallery, London
Japanese Photography in the 1970s: Memories Frozen in Time, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Fotofest ‘90, Houston, Texas
Artists Who Love Nature: from Barbizon School to Contemporary Photographers, Green Museum, Osaka; Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo; Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum or Art, Hokkaido; Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Fukuoka
Photography Context: Document, Toyama’90, Museum of Modern Art, Toyama
Tokyo: A City Perspective, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Foto Biennale Rotterdam '90, Rotterdam
The past and the present of photography, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo; the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto
Eleven Photographers from 1965 to 1975, The Yamaguchi Prefactural Museum, Japan
Orientalism in Painting and Photographs, White Museum, World Design Expo '89 Nagoya,  Hiroshima Museum of Art, Daimaru Gallery Osaka, Tochigi Prefactural Museum of Fine Arts, Hokkaido Museum of Art Hakodate, The Museum of Modern Art Shiga, The Shoto Museum of Art Tokyo, Shizuoka Prefactual Museum of Art
International FOTO-Triennale, Esslingen, Germany
Empathy, Contemporary Japanese Photographers '87, visual Studies Workshop, Rochester
Two persons exhibition (with Hiroshi Yamazaki), FOTO DAIDO, Tokyo
Fotographia Japonese Contemporanea, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid ; Diputacion de Valencia Sala Parpallo, Valencia ; Casa Elizalde, Barcelona; Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao
Shoji Ueda, Daido Moriyama and Fuyuki Hattori, Zeit-foto salon, Tokyo 
Black Sun; The eyes of Four, Museum of Modern Art of Oxford ; Serpentine Gallery, London ; Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA ; Museum of art, the University of Iowa, USA ; Japan House Gallery, NewYork
Paris /New York / Tokyo, Tsukuba Museum of Photography '85, Ibaraki
Contemporary 6 photographers by Polaloid 10 x 24, Seibu Art Museum, Tokyo
Photography and Climatology, Miyagi Museum og Art, Miyagi, Japan
Japan: A Self-Portrait, International Center of Photography, NewYork , USA
Venetia '79 La Fotografia, Venetia, Italy
Japanese Photography 1948-today, Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy 
"Neue Fotografie aus Japan" Stadt Museum Graz, Austria ; the Municipal Museum in Austria ; Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
A History of Japanese Modern Photography, Seibu Museum, Tokyo
New Japanese Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, NewYork ; St. Louis Museum of Art ; Minneapolis Institute of Art ; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Kranneert Art Museum of Art in the University of Illinois ; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA 
From Photography / Towards Photography, Mat Grosso Gallery, Tokyo
Fifteen Photographers Today, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Pantomime, (with Shin Yanagisawa), Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo


Selected Publications:
Moriyama, Daidō, Lena Fritsch, and Simon Baker. Tales of Tono. London: Tate, 2012
Moriyama, Daido.  Labyrinth.  Aperture, 2012
Moriyama, Daidō. Tsugaru. Tokyo: Taka Ishii Gallery, 2010
Moriyama, Hiromichi. TROPICS. Tōkyō: Kōdansha, 2010
Moriyama, Daido.  RECORD NO. 17.  Akio Nagasawa Publishing, 2010
Moriyama, Daido.  RECORD NO.16, Akio Nagasawa Publishing, 2010
Moriyama, Daido.  RECORD NO.15, Akio Nagasawa Publishing, 2010
Nagisa. Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa, 2010
Moriyama, Daido.  RECORD NO.14, Akio Nagasawa Publishing, 2010
Moriyama, Daidō.  NAKAJI. Tōkyō: Kōdansha, 2010
Moriyama, Daido.  Record No.13, Akio nagasawa Publishing, 2009
Moriyama, Daido.  A Journey to something - Magazine Works, Getsuyosha, 2009
Moriyama, Daido.  Japan, A Photo Thereter - Magazine Works, Getsuyosha, 2009
Moriyama, Daido.  SAO PAULO revised version, Kodansha Ltd, 2009
Moriyama, Daidō. Daido Moriyama: The 80s Vintage Prints, Steve Kasher Gallery NYC 5/8 6/7 2008. New York: Johan Kugelberg and Taylor Brigode for Octopus, 2008