A broad monograph
devoted to one of the preeminent names in contemporary Japanese photography. Moriyama's photography is provocative, both for the form it takes (Moriyama's photographs may be dirty, blurry, overexposed or scratched) and for its content. The viewer's experience
of the photo - whether it captures a place, a person, a situation or an atmosphere - is the central thrust in his work, which vividly and directly conveys the artist's emotions. The approximately 200 black-and-white images sketch
out an original perspective on Japanese society, especially during the period from the 1950s to the '70s. During this time, he produced a collection of photographs - Nippon gekijo shashincho - which showed darker sides of urban life and relatively
unknown parts of cities. In them, he attempted to show what was being left behind during the technological advances and increased industrialization in much of Japanese society. His work was often stark and ...