Museums & Galleries / To call photographer Daido Moriyama a living legend isn’t hyperbolic. His somewhat impressionistic photography represents not only a breakdown of a rigid post-war Japanese culture, but of the photographic process itself; his highly contrasted black and white prints feel strongly composed, yet still shot with an off-the-hip, no-viewfinder aesthetic. In a coup of sorts for the University of Hawaii at Manoa, curator Wei Fang secured several prints from Moriyama’s Hawaii collection, taken when the photographer traveled to the islands in 2004–2007, as shown in the art gallery’s exhibition, “Framing Paradise,” alongside a series of photographs from Eric Yanagi and vintage snapshots.
Moriyama will talk about these photographs and others in an interview and discussion with Dr. John Szostak, associate professor of Japanese Art History, held in UH’s Art Auditorium. Through a translator, hear Moriyama shed light on his intriguing approach, process and artistic tendencies.