What I remember most distinctly about Daido Moriyama, besides his iconic black and white images, can be found in a YouTube video (see 2:55 of video below).
“I think he basically never bought his own camera. He basically borrowed a camera from someone, and it somehow becomes his own camera.”
To Moriyama, the camera was and is simply a means to an end. It was never about what camera it was, what lenses he had, what film he used – but about what was there, what he saw, and what he could capture. Snap, snap, move, snap. It’s almost like he’s trying to capture a certain rhythm: of the streets, of people, of time.
Especially happy that SIPF is showing Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog of Tokyo!
The documentary follows the charismatic photographer Daido Moriyama with a single camcorder as he wanders the streets of Shinjuku with his camera in hand as he takes quick snapshots without looking in the finder. The film even captures the moment when he takes his first digital photo. His stark and high contrast black and white images symbolize his fervent lifestyle. – SIPF 2012 website
Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog of Tokyo screens tomorrow 11 October 2012 7 pm at the Substation as part of Singapore International Photography Festival 2012. You can purchase tickets here.