Publisher: Rat Hole Gallery
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The images were all taken in 1978–9 on the island of Hokkaido located in the northern part of Japan. The region of Hokkaido captured Moriyama's imagination as a young man still at school. Travel across Japan was prohibited in the aftermath of the Second World War, and for the young Moriyama the island had an exotic appeal. Throughout the 1960s he visited Hokkaido to take photographs, however it wasn’t until 1978, during a three-month stay, that he began to compulsively photograph the island. Over this period he worked through 250 rolls of film, amounting to almost 2000 photographs. The negatives were then left untouched until 2008, at which point Moriyama began to develop and edit them, resulting in the publication of the photobook Hokkaido in 2008, followed by the multi-volume series Northern.
― information from Tate