Daido Moriyama: Memories of a Dog
April 2nd through June 5th, 2004
Opening Reception: Friday, April 2nd, 7-9 pm

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Daido Moriyama, Untitled, photograph

Michael Dawson Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of vintage photographs by one of Japan’s greatest living photographers: Daido Moriyama. The photographs are drawn from his publication Memories of a Dog, which couples Moriyama’s vivid prose with his poetic images. Memories of a Dog is an autobiographical account, told in grainy black-and-white, of the artist’s progress through life--the places Moriyama has lived in and traveled to, from bars and coffee shops in Osaka and Tokyo to his journey to take his mother’s ashes to be with those of his father. From his earliest sensations of being, to the realization that he has become “willy-nilly and much to my regret, an adult,” Moriyama shares his idea of memory and “the individual history that goes by the name, I.”

Born in Osaka in 1938, Moriyama began his study of photography in 1960 under Takeji Iwamiya. The next year Moriyama moved to Tokyo and began working as an assistant to Eikoh Hosoe. Moriyama stalked the streets of Tokyo and the nearby American naval base, Yokosuka, “snapping photographs like the quickfire of a machine gun”. In 1967 he received an award from the Japan Photo Critics Association, and in the following year published his first book, Japan: A Photo Theater. Moriyama wrote of that work “Chaotic everyday existence is what I think Japan is all about. This kind of theatricality is not just a metaphor but is also, I think, our actual reality.” Inspired by Kerouac’s On the Road, Moriyama began taking landscape photographs from moving vehicles, and has since employed a dizzying array of equally daring strategies for capturing the raw immediacy of life.

In conjunction with the exhibition Michael Dawson Gallery will display many of Moriyama’s photographic books, which are rarely seen in the U.S. The gallery will also offer the new trade edition of Memories of a Dog, as well as two limited editions of 100 copies and 50 copies respectively, all published by Nazraeli Press.

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