Daido Moriyama: Colors

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Some time ago I wrote an article about Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama. All photos in the article were black and white. Today’s post is about Moriyama’s color photos.

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“When I look at Shinjuku, I see a stadium of human desires.”

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“Making a definitive declaration of intent or meaning kills the photograph.”

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“Photography never reaches a state of completion. That is what makes it interesting—amazing..”

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“… to shoot images is to receive shocks from the outside world.”

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“…looking at images leads to the discovery of a new language. That is what I am about.”

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“When I take snapshots, I am always guided by feeling, so even in that moment when I’m taking a photograph it is impossible to explain the reason for the exposure.”

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“I’ve never been attracted to places that are very hygienic, I like a touch of squalor.”

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“There is something very vernacular, something I can feel and smell as Japanese in what I do. So if at first glance the pictures might look quite American, there’s a belief in Japanese tradition that comes out in them even if I’m not always conscious of it.”

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“The surprising quality of photography is it unites the déjà vu with the jamais vuand then the feeling of the photographer with the feeling of the spectator in a continual layering of emotions.”

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“Travel has never been a destination but rather a constant state of mind.”

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“There is no moment equal to another even if you repeat the same gesture.”

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“Even though I go to Buenos Aires, San Paolo, Hawaii, New York, I will shoot with my five senses, so it’s the same.”

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“All the photographers, and all the people that are active in making something, all the artists, they have a very strong desire, a passion. It’s like being at the core of desire.”

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“As long as my legs, my back and my stomach are well, I will take photographs in the street forever. I do not have the intention to leave the camera.”

All quotes are Daido Moriyama’s.

Sources

  1. Daido Moriyama: The Shock From Outside. Interview with Ivan Vartanian
  2. Daido Moriyama: Low life in Tokyo. Mark Hudson, The Telegraph, 18 October 2012.
  3. Daido Moriyama in Color. Domus