Daido Moriyama

Sep 22 – Oct 22, 2011
Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film (Roppongi, Tokyo)

25.7 x 36.4 cm (10.1 x 14.3 inches) 80 pages (40 tritone plates)
Edition of 40 + 1 Artist Proof, Printer Proof, Hors Commerce
Signed and numbered
Release in September 2011

Each book has 80 Pages that are comprised of 40 individual sheets folded and bound together in an accordion format. All sheets are printed single-sided with tritone silk screening on 220 kg paper stock. A mixture of two varieties of the same paper have been used—one white and one black. Cloth-covered front and back boards. The exterior case cloth-covered and illustrated. Silk Screen printing by Editions Works, Tokyo.

For pricing and edition availability, please contact us

ACCIDENT as a photographic series was created for a column running monthly in 1969 in the magazine Asahi Camera. The publication of ACCIDENT is the first time this series has been realized as a bookwork. ACCIDENT takes the photobook and edges it closer to the artist‘s multiple. The individual spreads of the book are silk-screened prints that have been affixed together and folded to form an accordion that is 20 meters in length when fully extended. The choice of printing the entirety of the book in silk screen is meant to give the images a materiality through the reproduction process, underscoring the larger ideas of this early body of Moriyama‘s work.

Daido Moriyama has been publishing and exhibiting his photography since the late 1960s. A major retrospective, Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, originated in 2000 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and subsequently toured internationally to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Japan Society in New York, Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland and numerous other venues. He is a recipient of The Cultural Award of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie. Forthcoming exhibitions include a major retrospective, On the Road, to be presented at the Osaka National Museum of Art from June to October 2011, and William Klein/Daido Moriyama at Tate Modern from October 2012 to January 2013.


Ivan Vartanian discusses Daido Moriyama's ACCIDENT on NHK.