AMMON KYOTO is pleased to announce the exhibition ʻBOKUʼ by Daido Moriyama, beginning on April 7th, 2023. This exhibition focuses on his self-portrait works. His style of grainy, high-contrast images is described as “are, bure, boke” (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus) and has made an impact on the realm of photography. We hope you will enjoy his works which continue to attract viewers with great impact.
I feel the desire to capture through the lens everything that belongs to this world. At times, I also have the strong feeling that I myself am a component of this world. When this happens, I turn the camera on myself.
Untitled(from Record No.38) 2018, 508×610mm, Archival pigment print
Daido Moriyama (1938-) | Photographer Born in Osaka in 1938. After working as an assistant for photographers Takeji Iwamiya and Eikoh Hosoe, he went independent in 1964. He has been publishing his works in photography magazines among others, and received a New Artist Award from the Japan Photo Critics Association for Japan: A Photo Theater in 1967. Between 1968 and ’70 he was involved in the photo fanzine Provoke, and his style of grainy, high-contrast images that came to be referred to as “are, bure, boke” (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus) made an impact on the realm of photography. Solo exhibitions at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris solidified Moriyama’s worldwide reputation, and in 2012, he became the first Japanese to be awarded in the category of Lifetime Achievement at the 28th Annual Infinity Awards hosted by the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. The “William Klein + Daido Moriyama” exhibition together with William Klein at London’s Tate Modern in 2012-13 was a showdown of two immensely popular photographers that took the world by storm.