Portrait of the photographer 4,000-word essay by a high-profile commentator on the subject 55 photographs presented chronologically over 110 pages (1 photograph per spread, with a concise commentary) brief chronology of the photographer
Kazuo Nishi is a film and photography critic. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Japanese photography magazine Camera Mainichi from 1983 to 1985, and has written several books, including Why Still 'Provoke' Now? (1996) Daido Moriyama (b. 1938) has made a radical and innovative impact on the photographic world. His snapshot aesthetic and no-viewfinder style have succeeded in challenging the medium's prevailing orthodoxies. As a founder member of PROVOKE magazine, and as a lecturer and theorist, he has been a formative influence on the new generation of Japanese photographers.
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