Edition : First / Arizona / Nazraeli Press / 2005 / Softtcover. / Fine / Near Fine 8vo, 192pp. Black boards in photographic dustwrapper. Numerous Black & White plates. Limited to 3000 copies.
Superb first english language collection of essays by Daido Moriyama. Texts serve an essential introduction to the work of Moriyama, the great japanese photographer. 73 plates also show his work, which for those of you who are unfamiliar, is excellent. From the press release- “Daido Moriyama is without question one of Japan’s most important contemporary photographers and it is not surprising that this memoir, first published as a series of essays in Asahi Camera twenty-one years ago, is regarded as a classic in photographic literature. In “Memories of a Dog”, Moriyama approaches photography through language, and it is difficult to say which is the more evocative medium. His vividly expressive prose is in perfect harmony with the grainy, black and white images that in turn have a poetry all their own. As both reader and viewer one becomes completely absorbed, and photographs that will always be remarkable are given a new, very personal, layer of meaning. This is an eloquent autobiographical account of the artist’s progress through life.” Highly recommended.