The young lady who coolly crosses my path is a work of art. The middle-aged man sitting on the sidewalk in front of her is also a work of art. The middle-aged woman feverishly shopping in a crowded store is also a work of art. The cat stretching and yawning on the wall over there is also a work of art.
The young guy in Kabukicho, the couples walking in the love hotel district, and the drunks in Golden-Gai are all, through and through, works of art.
In other words, the city of Tokyo is filled with art and all of its people are works of art. What about me, walking around with my digital camera, clicking away, and taking photos of this, that, and the other? Might I be a work of art too?
- March 7, 2012 Daido Moriyama
Published in 2012, Color contains a selection of 191 images which document Tokyo in-between 2008 and 2012. Amassing a total of 30,000 digital images for the project, Color is Moriyama’s visual assault of photographs packed together within the 312 pages of the photobook. Images of street scenes, fleeting portraits and snapshots of Moriyama’s lived occurrences are visually placed within the new viewing context of color imagery. The resulting images present an exciting and stimulating viewing experience which lacks none of Moriyama’s provocative use of black and white imagery. Published by Getsuyosha its publication also gave birth to its counterpart ‘monochrome’.