JGS: Witness Number Two

by Daido moriyama



JGS: Witness Number Two by Daido Moriyama. First edition (2007). First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.

About JGS: Witness Number Two

For this second volume in the Witness series, Daido Moriyama, as artist and editor, presents work in which -- although not immediately apparent -- reality collides with imagination. First he presents his own photographs, taken in Shanghai -- in a place he had visited for the first time only the year before, but one that had been present in his mind since childhood. Moriyama was born the year after Shanghai was occupied by Japanese forces. The port city came to embody 'a city of drama, romance and exotic seductions.' Coupled with his boyish dreams of becoming a sailor, this image of Shanghai stayed with him for a long time. These pictures are the reality he found as he wandered the streets with his camera. Moriyama also presents the work of two other Japanese artists: Emi Anrakuji's jigsaw puzzle-like portraits of herself -- naked, clothed or partially dressed -- blur the boundaries between documentary and staged photography. Ken Kitano has photographed numerous people of the same age or having the same occupation, and has then exposed dozens of the negatives, one at a time, onto a single sheet of paper. The resulting 'Piling Portraits' are amazing.

Artist Bio

Daidō Moriyama is a Japanese photographer, born in 1938 in Osaka. Firstly, he studied photography before moving to Tokyo in 1961. To begin with, he worked as an assistant to Eikoh Hosoe, a Japanese photographer and filmmaker. As a result, he began to produce his own collection of photographs. Afterwards, he ended up depicting the forgotten areas and darker side of cities. Shortly after, Japan Photo-critics awarded him the New Artist Award. Hence, Moriyama’s images are now known for capturing the breakdown of Japanese tradition. His work captures life during and following the American occupation of Japan after World War II. In particular the effects of industrialisation and the consequential shift in urban life. His images focus on the areas left behind in a rapidly changing city. He received the Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Center of Photography in New York in 2004 as well as the Hasselblad Award in 2019.

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