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on 29 May 2013
I think this book has been criticized for the wrong reasons by a former reviewer. Indeed, all landscape format pictures have been placed on two pages, which I usually also strongly dislike, but in this case, it didn't interfere with my reading experience for the following reasons:

1. As a commentator already wrote, the book is a hard cover unlike other Moriyama titles, you can open it out flat without damaging the spine.
2. It is obviously intended by Moriyama to present his photos in a full bleed, double-page, "in-the-face" style, which corresponds with his direct and rough images. I also have the book "Journey for something", and even in this large-format book, the landscape format images are spread on two pages.

Furthermore, this book contains many of his most iconic pages, as usual remixed and combined in an interesting way. I like the paper they used, which feels much better than the newspaper-style paper of many of his reprints and also, in my opinion, the thick paper they used in "Journey".

Conclusion: Highly recommended introduction to Moriyama's work.
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on 5 October 2010
This book is an excellent primer for readers looking for an introduction to Daido Moriyama's work. All the classics are here, including the stray dog. There are something like 250 pictures in this book, and unless you are a DM obsessive, some of them will be new to you. The interviews and biographies are fairly illuminating, but certainly won't blow your socks off.

The only negative comment I can make is that the book is so thick that opening the central pages all the way out is very difficult without damaging the spine and binding, so viewing the double page spreads (of which there are many) is hard.

Overall, this is a quality book, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in photography.
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on 2 March 2014
I've been aware of Daido Moriyama's work for some time now and have been to a couple of exhibitions and bought some books.

This book however has many images that I hadn't seen. It really illustrates how diverse in feeling Moriyama's work is over the years he has been working. It's a pretty heavy book of 345 pages and has images on every page. The paper quality is good and has a very nice feel to it. The light really does bounce nicely giving the images a very authentic Japanese photo book feel. The iconic Moriyama contrast of different shades of black and grey looks great and I have already had a nice few hours just losing myself in the hundreds of images.

The book is really worth your attention if you are a new fan and want to see more of Daido Moriyama's work as there are really so many images in here that would take ages to digest.

My only wish would be that the book was bigger by a few inches in height and breadth in order to make the images bigger. As it is it is still a very nice book though and very much worth your time.
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on 13 October 2010
Why go to all the trouble to select these amazing images and print them well and then BIND THE BOOK SO ALL THE IMAGES GET CUT BY THE CENTREFOLD? It is the most obvious and ridiculous of mistakes, particularly for imagery as wild and chaotic such as this, and totally destroys the impact of the photographs. What a terrible shame, and what a dreadful mistake. I am very disappointed and am considering returning the book, even though getting hold of affordable books of Moriyama's work is so hard.
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