Daido Moriyama (b. 1938, Osaka) first worked as an assistant to photographers Takeji Iwamiya and Eikoh Hosoe before becoming independent in 1964. Between 1968-70 he was involved in the revolutionary photo magazine Provoke, and thereafter gained international recognition for his are-bure-boke (“grainy, blurry, out-of-focus”) style of black-and-white street snaps that defied the conventional rules of photography and chronicled the rapid industrialization of post-war Japan.
Solo shows at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris solidified Moriyama’s worldwide reputation, and in 2012, he became the first Japanese to be awarded in the category of Lifetime Achievement at the 28th Annual Infinity Awards hosted by the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. The “William Klein + Daido Moriyama” duo exhibition at London’s Tate Modern in 2012-13 was a showdown of two immensely popular photographers that took the world by storm. In 2018, he was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and in 2019, he was awarded the Hasselblad Foundation International Photography Prize.