Press Preview: “Daido Moriyama: Prints and Books from 1960s–1980s”

By Makoto Shibata (Photo Journalist/Japan)

Daido Moriyama’s solo exhibition at DECK

DECK of the exhibition veneu

The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) officially launched festival highlights, Open Call Showcase and The Archive as Conversation on 6th October. Press preview was held on the same day.

Daido Moriyama: Prints and Books from 1960s – 1980s, the installation offer glimpses of post-war Japan of social unrest, protest and rapid growth in the intense and poetic eyes of Daido Moriyama. Dubbed “the father of street photography”, Moriyama’s works reflect the Zeitgist Movement of Japan during those periods. The exhibition features photo books, wallpaper installations and original prints from the series Farewell to Photography, Light & Shadow, Mr. Shimizu and Provoke #2. Selected exclusive works from the Hunter (1972) series will also be showcased to the public for the very first time. The exhibition was held three galleries of DECK.


Theme of Gallery 1 is ENTERING THE WORLD OF DAIDO MORIYAMA. The exhibition opens with α selection of prints from two of Moriyama’ most iconic and timeless photo books Hunter and Farewell Photography. Both of which were published in 1972.

Theme of Gallery 2 is LIFE AS A STAGE. There is constituted by NIPPON THEATER, LGHT AND SHADOW and photo books. NIPPON THEATER is Moriyama’s first photo book. It consisted of his earliest works shot between 1965 to 1968 for camera magazines. Moriyama’s aesthetics are commonly preceived as defiant abstraction, image in Light and Shadow (1982) took on a more subdued and introspective outlook. you will be able to be touched to the aesthetics of Moriyama.

The third Gallery is very small. The heme of DESIRE AND PASSION, it means provoke. Provoke is an opportunity which marked a turning point in his practice. While the magazine was a short-lived endeavour that enden in1972 with five issues. Its avant-garde and exprimental spirit lrft a lasting impact on Japanese photography in the decades to come. In the second issue oof Provoke which forcused on the erotic, Daido Moriyama photographed his lover at a motel in a candid manner, ripping off all facades and pretensions to lay bare an exoerience of intimacy, oleasure and desire that is unmediated by that presence of a photographer.



About SIPF
Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is a biennial gathering of minds from around the world with the common pursuit to advance the art and appreciation of photography. It aims to be a much needed arena for critical thought and academic discourse on photography in Southeast Asia. SIPF will also function as a key platform to discover, nurture, and propel Southeast Asian photographers onto the international stage. Through its satellite programmes, the festival hopes to engage the public and cultivate a larger audience. At the core of SIPF is a firm belief that photography can be enjoyed by all.

About DECK
DECK is an independent art space launched in 2014 with the mission of supporting and nurturing the community of photography enthusiasts in Singapore and Southeast Asia. This modular site acts as a connector between art institutions, and offers a platform for people to celebrate photography in the heart of Singapore. Driven by the belief that photography is for all, it welcomes professionals and amateurs to come together, mingle and be inspired.
DECK is the organiser of the biennale Singapore International Photography Festival

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