With this latest book by Daido Moriyama, everyone can design their own “random walk” through the streets Daido Moriyama roamed, pasting the 80 B&W Polaroid images and 40 colors into the book according to their inspiration. Each book, numbered and signed by Daido Moriyama, thus becomes unique.
“Basically, I am in love with black and white photography. If you are wondering why, I may say that there is something ‘dreamy’ about black and white, and that I appreciate its ‘symbolically abstract’ quality.
Anyway, in the end I think it all comes down to the fact that the things depicted in a black and white photograph simply generate the image and impact of an ‘alien’ scenery of sorts.
In other worlds, both my self and other people who look at black and white photographs don’t see only the concrete events they depict, but in my view these pictures hit us right from the start with their transferred ‘extraordinariness’, instantly stimulate our imaginative understanding of the imagery purified into shades of black and white, and let us experience a different reality through the encounter with the ‘alien world’. This is at least about what attracts me so much about black and white photography.After all, it seems like when I walk the streets, I am looking for somewhere other than here, in other words, I probably release the shutter only when I feel I have found the entrance to that ‘alien world’.” - Daido Moriyama