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Farewell Photography.

Photographs by Daido Moriyama. Conversation with Takuma Nakahira. Designed by Satoshi Machiguchi.
Bookshop M / Getsuyosha, Japan, 2019. In English. 280 pp., black-and-white illustrations throughout, 9x12¼x1¼".

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SIGNED and numbered edition of 1000 slipcased copies.

This heavy, glossy, slipcased, reprinted reinterpretation of the legendary 1972 book Farewell Photography brings a much-sought-after classic back into print under the strict supervision of the artist, Daido Moriyama. Together with the publisher, Moriyama worked with larger prints and chose higher contrasts, abolishing all text in order to emphasize the dynamic, broken, blurred, vertiginously tilted, starkly cropped, and timeless photography reproduced here.

Moriyama is one of the most respected and influential photographers today, and this book bears the testimony of his early work, with all of its alluring landmark elements. Almost resulting in mayhem, these accidentally continuous black-and-white images can feel both invasive and intimate, as they freeze the animate and inanimate world before it is gone. An overwhelming torrent of early talent by an extraordinary artist.

Daido Moriyama’s 1972 photobook Farewell Photography was one of the most influential photobooks ever released. This faithful re-publication, designed by Satoshi Machiguchi in close cooperation with Moriyama, makes the seminal work available again, all photos in the original size of the 1972 edition.

The book includes a companion magazine with a retrospective essay by Moriyama as well as details and backgrounds for each single photobook (compiled exclusively for this publication). The English edition of the companion magazine opens with an edited English translation of Daido Moriyama’s conversation with Takuma Nakahira, originally included in Japanese in the 1972 release and never before translated.

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