PANTOMIME

PANTOMIME

Daido MORIYAMA

Publisher: Akio Nagasawa Publishing

Cover:silkscreen printed on canvas

It was a long, long time ago. Each of them was sleeping in a liquid inside a small flask about the size of a human thumb. All of them had oyster-colored skins, and were shaped like shrimps.
In a glass case at the end of a row of shelves in a dark corridor of an obstetrics and gynecology hospital near the Tanzawa mountains in Kanagawa, countless fetuses in formaldehyde were quietly leaning on each other as they looked out into the sun-drenched courtyard*.

― Daido Moriyama, afterword PANTOMIME

Back when he had just started working as a freelance photographer, Daido Moriyama visited a gynaecological hospital in Kanagawa prefecture and took photos of the embryos they kept floating in formaldehyde jars. The pictures eventually found their way into the monthly publication ‘Gendai no Me’, were part of one of Moriyama’s first exhibitions and of his first solo photo book, “Japan: a Photo Theater”.
“Pantomime” is a collection of these eery, strangely beautiful black-and-white photographs - some of them published for the first time.

Includes an account of the photographs’ creation process by Daido Moriyama in English & Japanese.

Keywords: Snapshot Provoke
Book Size
297 x 210 mm
Pages
60 pages
Binding
Softcover
Publication Date
2017
Language
Japanese, English
Limited Edition
600

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