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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Daido Moriyama

b. 1938, Japan

Daido Moriyama (born in Ikeda-City, Osaka, 1938) lives and works in Tokyo. He first trained in graphic design before taking up photography under Takeji Iwamiya and Eikoh Hosoe as an assistant. He became an independent photographer in 1964, and published Nippon Gekijō Shashinchō in 1968 and Shashin yo Sayounara in 1972. The work in these showed the darker sides of urban life and the underbelly of the city.

He has had a radical impact on the photographic and art world in both Japan and in the West, with his expressive style of ‘are, bure, boke’ (rough, blurred and out-of-focus) and of quick snapshots without looking in the viewfinder.

Featured Artworks

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Shinjuku by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork Daido MoriyamaShinjuku, 2003 Gelatin silver print
Reflex Amsterdam
Shinjuku by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork Daido MoriyamaShinjuku, 2002 Gelatin silver print
Reflex Amsterdam
Memory by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork Daido MoriyamaMemory, 2012 Gelatin silver print
Reflex Amsterdam
A Tale of Ⅱ Cities, Fin (Tokyo) by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork Daido MoriyamaA Tale of Ⅱ Cities, Fin (Tokyo), 1989 Gelatin silver print
52.1 x 41.9 x 3.2 cm
Blum & Poe
A Journey to Nakaji 11 Rain (A Gift of Roses) by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork Daido MoriyamaA Journey to Nakaji 11 Rain (A Gift of Roses), 1985 Gelatin silver print
52.7 x 41.9 x 3.2 cm (incl frame)
Blum & Poe
Tokyo (no. 41) by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork Daido MoriyamaTokyo (no. 41), 2004 Gelatin silver print
28 x 20 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Provoke No. 2 by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork Daido MoriyamaProvoke No. 2, 1969 Gelatin silver print
20 x 24 inches
Bruce Silverstein
Eros or Something Other than Eros by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork Daido MoriyamaEros or Something Other than Eros, 1969 Gelatin silver print, printed 2010
12 x 18.75 inches
Bruce Silverstein

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Ocula Report Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection 5 Jun 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible is both unyieldingly monumental and humble. In the latest presentation of the work in Sydney, all 3,000 of the diaries he has collected from Beijing’s fleamarkets are placed in neat rows on a large, rectangular plinth. Dated from 1949 to 1999 they record 50 turbulent years in China’s...

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Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Ocula Conversation Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Collector and Curator

When Australian collectors and philanthropists Gene and Brian Sherman moved from South Africa to Australia in 1976, Gene says they instantly recognised a “buzz about Asia” that they weren’t expecting.As an academic teaching French literature, the push towards Asian languages also put her out of a job. “I went into...

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In Related Press

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Daido Moriyama: An interview with Bree Zucker Related Press Daido Moriyama: An interview with Bree Zucker BOMB Magazine : 9 January 2017

Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama has garnered near-cultic fascination since his images began to infiltrate the American consciousness in the late 1990s. At that time, his work rode to prominence on the wave of discovery surrounding Japanese photography—especially for book enthusiasts, who championed the strangely beautiful amalgam of poetic...

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Tokyo: photogenic to its very core Related Press Tokyo: photogenic to its very core The Japan Times : 14 December 2016

With Tokyo being the object of so many excellent photographers’ interest over the last 150 odd years, it’s entirely legitimate that the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum should be bringing it home. What’s on display in the first exhibition, displayed on the third floor, is a selection from the museum’s world-class permanent...

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The urban chaos of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama Related Press The urban chaos of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama Art Radar Journal : 30 May 2016

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris launched a major show of the Japanese photographer’s most recent work in February 2016. Charting some of Moriyama’s most significant oeuvre of the past decade, the exhibition brings to the fore the artist’s lesser-known colour photography as well as a new body of...

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Eroticism in Japanese photography Related Press Eroticism in Japanese photography China Daily Asia : 17 May 2016

Eroticism in Japanese photography - a talk about the male gaze and more with two female Japanese photographers - Tokyo Rumando and Hideka Tonomura - about their photographic work, currently on show along side work of 11 other renowned Japanese artists at Blindspot gallery in Hong Kong. Curated by Mimi Chun and Mark Pearson

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In Related Video

Daido Moriyama: The Mighty Power Related Video & Audio Daido Moriyama: The Mighty Power Nowness / 11 December 2012 : 20 December 2014

Acclaimed Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama's sensual approach to the urban landscape is revealed in this edifying short by the Hong Kong-based filmmaker Ringo Tang. Now in his 70s, Moriyama shot to fame when his grainy black-and-white images depicting a post-war Japan in flux won the country's New Artist Award in 1967 and has since had major...

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