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Moriyama, Daido (Photographer); Klein, William & Hoppen, Michael (Contributors). DAIDO MORIYAMA: VINTAGE PRINTS: THE SHINE GALLERY EXHIBITION CATALOG. London, England: Guiding Light/Michael Hoppen Gallery, 2004. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 100 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. One of the most beautiful books on the photographic art of Daido Moriyama ever published. Limited Edition of 800 copies. Published simultaneously with the Deluxe Edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. A brilliant production by Peter B. Willberg at Clarendon Road Studio: Oversize-volume format. Unbound broadsheets, each of which measures 15.5 X 23 inches, folded together. Photographs by Daido Moriyama. Introduction by William Klein. Text by Michael Hoppen. Enclosed in a 19 X 15 inch, translucent electrostatic-shield, re-sealable plastic bag. Corrugated card board laid-in. Round sticker pasted in front. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated newsprint stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. The paper used is THE perfect medium for the photographer's gritty images. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition, "Daido Moriyama: Vintage Prints", at the Shine Gallery and Michael Hoppen Gallery London in 2004. Presents "Daido Moriyama: Vintage Prints". An extraordinary range of Moriyama's work. The vintage prints come from Moriyama's personal collection, and represent his oeuvre from three tumultuous decades: The 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's. They show how Moriyama started out and also how he became one of the great visual artists of our time. Moriyama's life-work has been to make us keenly aware of the photograph as the product of a mechanical instrument (the camera) and of the person behind the camera (the photographer) as the witness to the constant flow and throbbing intensity of the world. While the photograph shows reality as ever-changing, a painting makes it seem static, immutable, essential. A photograph is a fragment, not a record. "Taking a photograph does not mean to cut off a piece of time and place and save it as a record, but to remove color, palpability, smell, and sound from a time and place, and transpose the remnants into a distribution of varying densities of equivalent light and shadow. To take a photograph is to fragment the comprehensive sensory data" (Daido Moriyama). For many intelligent people, this is precisely the weakness of and problem with photography, that it reduces reality to our sense of sight. For Moriyama, it is the medium's inherent and unavoidable nature and therefore its strength, the starting point of all photography, whatever the individual photographer's talent or intentions may be. Flow, intensity, and fragments that build up to a cumulative and ecstatic visual experience: This is Moriyama's highly influential conception of photography. An original Daido Moriyama book is an event. This one is a sensation. An absolute "must-have" title for Daido Moriyama collectors. This title is a great photography collection. This is one of very few copies of the Limited Edition of 800 copies still available online, is still in the publisher's translucent electrostatic-shield, re-sealable plastic bag, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies of the Deluxe Edition available online command more than $1000, rightly so. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 82 black-and-white plates in 51 unbound sheets. Five of Daido Moriyama's books were selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". The greatest Japanese photographer of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAIDO MORIYAMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0953845176. $150.00

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