Signed by the Japanese master photographer and bound in a silkscreen-printed canvas cover, Daido Moriyama’s “Tokyo 1992” is compose entirely of previously unreleased black-and-white photographs shot in 1992. Back then, Moriyama was driven by the urge to photograph every nook and cranny of his new neighborhood of Yotsuya in Tokyo, having relocated there after closing his gallery in Shibuya. Before long, he had covered the entire Yotsuya area and continued to photograph the maze of alleys, gaps and corners in Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro. The 1992 photographs convey Moriyama’s unending, uncontrollable lust for detail, texture, form and dirt and grime.
“The countless streets and alleys where this starving dog once prowled around have changed a lot over time. But as a matter of fact, there is a body odor, a sense of desire to those streets, and a play of lights and shades that never change much. And the old dog, shaky as he has gotten, is still roaming the streets with the camera in his hand. Taking photos is such a cool thing after all!”
― from Daido Moriyama’s afterword