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Daido Moriyama

“In 17 minutes, not a second goes by in which the camera focuses on the scene; there is nothing but blurs flows, rough images. Light splits off and fades away, hangs down and is caught in the tepid night, a world of bored darkness. Atmosphere at midnight in Shinjuku, 35 years ago. The sound is an engine of the machine of Nanahan and the horn of a taxi. I, who shot it, return to a limitless nostalgia for the Shinjuku at 25:00 pm of those days.” (Daido Moriyama)

Daido Moriyama was born in Osaka in 1938. He is one of the most significant photographers of postwar Japan. His unique photographic style was a challenge to traditional forms of photographic expression, and it influenced a younger generation of photographers to open up to the new possibilities of photography. While riding a motorcycle, Moriyama made this 8 mm video recording of Shinjuku in 1973. He has been photographing in that area for over 40 years. This video is important for the study of Moriyama's Shinjuku series. (Courtesy: Taka Ishii Gallery)
© Daido Moriyama, Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery

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shinjuku 1973, 25pm

b/w, sound