Daido Moriyama, the Godfather of Japanese Street Photography

With revolts against the British in Northern Ireland, student marches in Germany, Black Power movements at the Summer Olympics and anti-Vietnam war protests around the globe, everyone had something to fight for in 1968.

Japan was no exception, and its citizens were vocal in demonstrating their outrage over the nation’s political and social restrictions, with the anarcho-communist Zenkyoto Movement taking shape during this time. In the wake of such uprising came Tokyo’s Provoke Magazine, an experimental, small-press magazine that focused on anti-establishment photography as a platform for “new photographic expression”.

Featured in the second issue was Daido Moriyama, a creative whose gritty, out-of-focus black and white imagery starkly contrasted the well-composed photographs produced in the U.S as well as Europe.

Although once making the claim, There is nothing particularly fascinating about this place,” Moriyama’s depiction of his homeland begs to differ.
Whether the focus of his lens is on Tokyo’s prostitutes, gangsters, passengers on the subway, the back of someone’s head, or a stray dog, his images speak a truth of Japanese culture.

His innovative way of transforming the mundane into an exciting story from a mismatched collection of non-narrative imagery makes Japan look like the most appealing place in the world.

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Daido Moriyama, the Godfather of Japanese Street Photography