Daido Moriyama is one of the most prolific and admired street photographers of our time, and this living legend is still producing work at age 78. Now, thanks to Plexus, Co., Ltd, Moriyama’s entire “Record” series is available as e-books in Amazon’s Kindle Store and Apple’s iBooks Store worldwide. Ask yourself how much Daido Moriyama you can handle!
Moriyama’s “Record No. 32″ is the latest e-book to be published and was initially released in the summer of 2016, right at the beginning of Daido’s first solo exhibition in Kobe “Shangri-La:The Increasing Pieces” at Kobe Prefectural Museum of Art. This issue contains the images of the city of Kobe, where Daido frequently came across half century ago, when he was young. With “No. 32”, the legend is “tracing back the memories of Kobe while pointing his camera at the reality and actuality of the city today, the scenery naturally begins to overlap with the image of Kobe that had engraved itself on his heart and mind.”
According to Moriyama, the series’ history runs deep, beginning in 1972 with is self-published photo journal, ‘Kiroku’.
“At the time, I was busy with all sorts of work for magazines. Partly because of a daily feeling inside that I shouldn’t let myself get carried away by it all, I came up with the idea of a small, self-published personal photo journal. Without any ties to work or any fixed topic, I just wanted to continue publishing a 16-page booklet with an arbitrary selection of favorite photos among the pictures I snapped from day to day. By nature, it was directed first and foremost to myself rather than other people. I wanted a simple, basic title, so I called it ‘Kiroku’ (record).”
Records 1-5 are bundled together and Nos. 6 through 32 are available individually. They range in price from $19 USD to $45 USD via both Kindle and iBook.
The master of “are, bure, boke” (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus) is continuing to add to his legacy with the e-book editions of his “Record” series. The 1967 winner of the New Artist Award from the Japan Photo Critics Association for Japan has been a monumental influence to street photographers for decades, and the publishers at Plexus are making sure that the “stray dog” will continue to make waves for years to come!