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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (20 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714864722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714864723
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Elegantly designed, beautifully printed ... and sensitively laid out ... the choice of images is irreproachable ... Even if the series were to stop dead right now, it would already merit an honourable mention in publishing history ... the temptation to keep on collecting the whole set will no doubt afflict many.' (Independent)

'Phaidon 55s are handsome, pocket-sized editions with - you guessed it - 55 key works of one of the 20th century's iconic photographers. And because they cost just £4.95, the idea is you can take them - and even leave them - anywhere: on the table in the coffee shop, or poking suggestively out of your corduroy jacket pocket.' (Financial Times)

'The books are aimed beyond the 'photography buff' to a wider audience. Photography fans won't be disappointed, though: each book contains 55 images, so there's space to include lesser-known gems among the classic.' (Independent on Sunday)

About the Author

Daido Moriyama (b.1938) has made a radical and innovative impact on the photographic world. His snapshot aesthetic and no-viewfinder style have succeeded in challenging the medium's prevailing orthodoxies. As a founder member of  PROVOKE  magazine, and as a lecturer and theorist, he has been a formative influence on the new generation of Japanese photographers.

Kazuo Nishi is a film and photography critic. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Japanese photography magazine Camera Mainichi from 1983 to 1985, and has written several books, including Why Still 'Provoke' Now? (1996).


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Daido Moriyama is all over the press right now, he is actively involved in a major exhibition at Tate Modern along with William Klein.

If you need a primer to his work this book is a very good place to start.

What one must realise when understanding his work is that Moriyama is not a photographer who has released one or two books in his lifetime, he has followed the very Japanese tradition of disseminating his work through photobooks and he has released dozens of them. Some of his works have been absolutely seminal and are only now getting the recognition they deserve from western audiences.

Throughout his life Moriyama has crafted hundreds of stand out images, many of which are characterized by heavy contrast, loads of dodging and burning, a snapshot or no-viewfinder aesthetic, and his trademark look of blur and out of focus. At times it feels like he is railing against every rule and accepted process of photography and boy does his work knock you off your feet.

I confess to loving the look of the images, Moriyama manages to wring an apocolyptic feel from the everyday, in particular his Northern series of photobooks (which are frighteningly expensive) carry this vision to the fore.

Moriyama is an artist of influence to generations of Japanese photographers and his demi-god status is, for the main, deserved.

His bodies of work are worthy of exploration and, as previously stated, this book is but a primer. However, for a brief introduction to his oeuvre this book is to be commended.

Enter at your peril, Moriyama is an expensive habit to fund.
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Some great Moriyama in the pages of this modestly sized book. I have three of his books - other two much more expensive. This one my favourite.
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Handy size book with a good selection of images and clear text introducing the work of Moriyama to the reader.
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very nice antology!!! great photographer!!!
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