Daido Moriyama presents issue number 55 of his ongoing “Record” series. Originally started in 1972, Moriyama relaunched the project in 2006 and has been regularly publishing his photography in zine-like photobooks.
This 55th issue, published in October 2023, features photographs taken mostly in the area around his home of Zushi, Yokosuka, Kamakura and Yokohama. Snapshots of people—either individuals or in groups—taken on the streets alternate with photographs of posters, textures and patterns formed by objects such as gutter covers, close-up shots of animals, and photographs of spaces—rooms, city corners, back alleys.
In his statement (included in Japanese and English), Moriyama writes:
“Even now that it’s the end of August, it’s still quite hot outside.
Meanwhile, I continue to grab my little camera and walk out into the streets every day to take some snapshots. It’s never more than three, four hours these days, but I just don’t feel well if I don’t get this daily work done. After all, this is what a photographer does...
About once a week, I go to my office in Yoyogi to take care of some business or other, on all other days I usually take the Yokosuka Line or a bus from the nearest station, get off at some point, and then just walk around while mixing with the crowd and taking pictures. On some days it may be 60 or 70, on others no more than 20 – always only so much that I feel satisfied.”