Aperture interviews Photographer Daido Moriyama


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.