Published to coincide with Daido Moriyama's restropective held at the National Museum of Art in Osaka 2011, On The Road is the published works of several of Moriyama's most well known images. Included within are portraits and images from his Record series, Tales of Tono 1974/76, Japan Theatre 1967/68, Actor Shimizu Isamu 1967, Daido Hysteric, Colour, and Shinjuku 1968.The images reflect what was to become Moriyama’s iconic perspective in capturing his surroundings. The black and white photographs assembled along the pages of the photobook reflect a stream of thought provoking instances, encounters and experiences. Here amongst the images of famous actors, past travels, and urban street scenes of 70s Tokyo, On The Road resembles a visual narrative of Jack Kerouac’s same named novel. The journey rather than the destination resonates throughout all of Moriyama’s works taking the viewer along his own wanderings and explorations of accidental occurrences and meetings where every moment has its own found pleasures and lifes incidental encounters become a succession of visualized memories.
Daido MORIYAMA, Hiroyasu NAKAI