The Easel

Japan’s Pioneering Street Photgrapher

This writer’s description of Moriyama – a “photography obsessive” – seems apt. Growing up in a post-war Japan that was furiously modernizing – and westernizing, Moriyama gravitated to those on the margins of this profound social change. His signature dark, grainy aesthetic seems reflective of that gritty environment in which he moved: “When I am in the streets, I feel like a hunter”.  Multiple images are here.