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Daidō Moriyama

Stray Dog, 1971

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Details

Lot 2
Gelatin silver print
23.6 x 35.4 in (59.9 x 89.9 cm)
Signed on recto
Printed 2015

Location

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Description

Soon after New Year’s Day in 1971, Moriyama snapped this shot in Misawa, the dark and cold northern end of Japan’s Honshū Island where a U.S. military base takes up much of its landmass. The image, which has since became an icon of postwar Japanese photography, was on the cover of the catalogue that accompanied the artist’s acclaimed solo exhibition, “Stray Dog,” at the Japan Society in New York in 1999.


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About Daidō Moriyama

Daidō Moriyama (Japanese, b. 1938) is a photographer known for works that highlight the dissolution of traditional values in postwar Japan. His works epitomize wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of beauty in imperfection. Moriyama’s photographs are predominantly high-contrast, grainy and black and white. The artist has produced over 150 books of photographs and has had over 100 solo exhibitions. He was a central figure in MoMA’s groundbreaking “New Japanese Photography” exhibition of 1974. SFMoMA organized and exhibited a 1999 retrospective “Daidō Moriyama: Stray Dog,” which also traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Japan Society in New York.