WHAT IS »ON DAIDO«?
The book »ON DAIDO« is a photographic anthology of statements and homages to the Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama made by internationally acclaimed photographers and writers. This publication is dedicated to him and will be available in a special edition of 500 copies on the occasion of the 7th Fotobookfestival Kassel in June 2015.
Daido Moriyama is undoubtedly one of the most important photographers of all times. But who is this reserved, likeable man from Tokyo, who has affected the development of Japanese photography like no other? Which overwhelming energy is behind this fascinating simplicity in the art of photography? How is it possible that his images, no matter how they are cropped, reproduced, rotated or flipped, still manage to keep their core essence? How does one approach the Daido Moriyama phenomenon? We asked 31 photographers and 21 writers to help us find an answer by way of visual and textual statements. We requested appraisal and acclaim, commentary and feedback. Our request predominantly met with a resoundingly positive response and immediate approval. The resulting anthology ON DAIDO paints a multifaceted picture of the great renewer of photography. Essentially, it does not so much pay homage to an individual, as celebrate the photographic medium as a whole. We are grateful to the photographers and authors for their participation. We wish to carry on spreading and understanding the great work of Daido Moriyama through this anthology.
Jacob Aue Sobol
Dan Abbe – art historian
Gerry Badger – photography critic
Simon Baker – curator of photography and international art at Tate
Ute Eskildsen – curator of photography
Jean-Kenta Gauthier – gallerist
Akira Hasegawa – photo editor
Steven Kasher – gallerist
Clément Kauter – photo book seller
Erik Kessels – art director and publisher
Shino Kuraishi – curator of photography
Freddy Langer – author and journalist
Russet Lederman – Japanese photo book collector
Akio Nagasawa – gallerist and publisher
Sandra S. Phillips – curator of photography at San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art
Andrew Roth – gallerist and publisher
Leo Rubinfien – photographer and essayist
Yoko Sawada – publisher, editor and photographer agent
Minoru Shimusu – art critic
Miwa Susuda – photo book consultant and writer
Mariko Takeuchi – critic, curator and professor