Aperture continues its exploration of the influential 1960's Japanese photography magazine Provoke with an interview with Daido Moriyama. Perhaps the most notable member of the Provoke group, Moriyama ushered in a new style of photography characterized by grainy, raw and high contrast black and white street photography often captured with a simple point and shoot camera. Moriyama continues to have a prolific career and is one of Japan's most highly regarded photographers. Find an excerpt below and read the full interview at Aperture.
Ito: Shinjuku was the center of Japanese arts culture in the 1960s. Did you enjoy being part of its atmosphere and people?
Moriyama: In the ’60s, there were diverse people in Shinjuku, but I was never one to hang around with many people. Shinjuku was a labyrinth, and what it had to offer meshed very well with my personality. It was a center of chaos that was both stimulating and fun. As a street photographer, I was trying to capture the people and the distinctiveness of the time, but simultaneously it was the city itself that was my focal point. In the end, I was trying to capture an essence of myself. All photographers, no matter what their concept, are all just trying to photograph themselves in a sense.