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Reflection and Refraction is a retrospective collection of self-portraits and floral works shot by the renowned Daido Moriyama over the course of four decades; in other words, a compilation of Auto-portrait and Sunflower, two titles previously published by MMM in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Having witnessed the startling transformation of postwar Japan, Moriyama possesses a dark, intense eroticism and an appreciation for the tragic. His black-and-white photographs form a cumulative record – in the language of the everyday – of Japan’s often contradictory social fabric.
Underpinned by his forceful points of view, Moriyama’s extraordinary ‘street snap’ style brings a loose and casual aesthetic to scenes that would otherwise appear uninteresting, occupying a unique space between the objective and the subjective, the illusory and the real.
About the photographer
Daido Moriyama was born in Osaka in 1938. After studying photography under Takeji Iwamiya and serving as an assistant to photographer Eikoh Hosoe, he started his freelance career in the 1960s and crafted his own snapshot style under the influence of numerous Japanese and Western artists.
His solo works have been published and displayed in many local and international exhibitions, and can be seen at Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain (Paris), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Tokyo), and other public collections worldwide.
Moriyama’s artistic achievements have won him the New Artist Award from the Japan Photo Critics Association (1967), the Photographer of the Year Award from the Photographic Society of Japan (1983), Der Kulturpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Photographie (2004), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center of Photography (2012), and many others.