Daido Moriyama-True Grit
Born in Japan, he is a world citizen, through his peregrinations in urban surroundings, observing with his camera the meaner streets and the social changes in the second half of the 20th century.
Two coinciding shows , one called “Fracture” at LACMA in the Japanese Pavillion and the other at the Stephen Cohen Gallery are showing the black and white photographs starting in the Sixties, up through the present with new color work. And Art Catalogues at LACMA has his new book.
His immersion in the grittier aspects of ”fractured” surroundings , absent any sentimentality, puts him in the company of contemporaries like Shore and Frank and Friedlander.
There is a telling moment in each of his photographs that captures both the vulnerability and toughness required to survive city life.