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A monochrome fairy tale,
This review is from: Tales of Tono (Paperback)
This is yet another in a seemingly endless stream of photobooks from the superlative Daido Moriyama. He is a man not afraid of hard work and, given his prodigious output, one would think the quality would have inevitable dip.
Not so, Moriyama is a photographer who understands the inherent limits of the medium and works them to his advantage.
Tales of Tono centres around an intriguing premise. Moriyama visited the area of Japan that is known to be an area of mystery and legend. He wandered around making beautiful monochrome shots that somehow capture the sublime air of legend hanging in the air.
Each image is effective in its own way, a slice of narrative that requires engagement to disentangle. Cleverly, Moriyama present two images per page in a diptych that only adds to the layers of mystery.
I really enjoyed this book and dip into it often for inspiration. For me, there is no other photographer who can capture so well the subtle nuance of atmosphere that permeates individual communities.
The book is, at present, very cheap as well, something that will surely not last as Moriyamas work is highly collectible.