Daido Moriyama

Stray Dog
May 14, 1999–April 30, 2001

Poignant and beautiful work made in the gritty streets of postwar Tokyo by photographer Daido Moriyama (b. 1938) will be presented at SFMOMA in the first exhibition to survey the work of this important Japanese artist. Organized by SFMOMA Curator of Photography Sandra S. Phillips, who has devoted many years to the study of Moriyama’s oeuvre, the exhibition features nearly two hundred black-and-white images and a major Polaroid piece that together examine the ambiguous relationship of postwar Japanese society to Western and particularly American influences.

This exhibition is supported by the Mondrian Foundation Amsterdam, supporting the visual arts, design, and museums; by the Prins Bernhard Fonds in Amsterdam, supporting visual arts, literature, music, theater, humanities, cultural education, nature conservation, and the preservation of monuments; and by the Netherland-America Foundation.

Daido Moriyama, Misawa, 1971; collection SFMOMA, gift of Van Deren Coke; © Daido Moriyama