Japanese Photographer Daido Moriyama Sees Color Differently
Pop, cheap and junk culture in color.
Daido Moriyama’s iconic uncompromising black-and-white shots of Tokyo made him East Asia’s most cult-followed street photographer. The subject of NOWNESS’ Photographers in Focus series, Italian director Andrea Cossu unfolds the master photographer’s often-overlooked color works — shot on commission between the late 1960s through to the early 1980s. Moriyama sees color and black-white in separate realities, comparable to the mechanism of left brain-right brain contradictions. He noted, ”Black and white is more abstract: reminiscent of symbols in a dream. With my color photographs, I want to represent the world of pop, cheap and junk culture.” Seen in the short documentary above, get to know the intimate photographs from Daido Moriyama’s color-saturated collection.