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    Photographs

    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 67

    MORIYAMA DAIDO (b.1938)

    Shashin yo sayonara [Farewell Photography]

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    MORIYAMA DAIDO (b.1938)
    Shashin yo sayonara [Farewell Photography]
    Tokyo: Shashin Hyoron-sha, 15 April 1972.
    Screened gravures of photographs by Moriyama; text by Nakahira Takuma & Moriyama. Black printed wrappers & white printed dust jacket. First edition, signed by Moriyama. 9 x 7 1/8in. (23 x 18.4cm.)


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    Farewell Photography, published in 1972, was produced as a result of a conversation Moriyama had with Nakahira Takuma at Yamanoue Hotel on 2 August 1971, over a year after the dissolution of PROVOKE. Their debate, which serves as the book's text, centred on the function of photography to reflect reality. This book is an icon of its time and extant copies in excellent condition -- such as the present lot -- are rare.

    In The Photobook: A History Volume 1, Martin Parr and Gerry Badger comment:

    Shashin yo Sayonara [Bye Bye Photography] is the most extreme monument of the Provoke period, indeed one of the most extreme photobooks ever published. Daido Moriyama pushes both the form of the photographic sequence and the photograph itself to the limits of legibility.... Any notion of 'good' technique is thrown out the window. The pictures exhibit all the qualities of reject negatives discarded in the darkroom then retrieved from the bin. The photographic language is one of blur, motion, scratches, light leaks, dust, graininess and stains, like Robert Frank or William Klein on speed (p.298).

    Following the 1972 release of Farewell Photography and Hunter, Moriyama took an extended hiatus from photography. In the late 1970s, he hit a low point -- in both mind and body -- compounded by Nakahira's sudden loss of speech and memory due to alcohol poisoning in 1977 and his mentor Yamagishi Shoji's unexpected suicide in 1979, a year after his resignation as chief editor of Camera Mainichi.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY SINCE 1960

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, TOKYO

    The images in that series were totally incomprehensible, and some were just printed from the ends of the negative! Farewell Photography suggests the total negation of all former styles of photography.

    ARAKI NOBUYOSHI, 2003


    Literature

    Roth (ed.), The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century, PPP Editions/Ruth Horowitz, 2001, pp.218-20; Roth (ed.), The Open Book: A History of the Photographic Book from 1878 to the Present, Hasselblad Center, 2004, pp.290-91; Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History Volume 1, Phaidon, 2004, pp.298-99.