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.
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.
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.