“The Past is Always New, The Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama” is the title for the documentary feature about the Japanese legendary photographer who transcends art, fashion, and design, and is loved and respected all over the world. The film is a close-up portrait of Moriyama Daido’s life and memories.
His work has brought numerous national and international honors, including the 2019 Hasselblad Award, referred to as the “Nobel Prize of photography”. At age 80, he is still active in inspiring generations.
Daido Moriyama, age 81, is still active as an artist. He is probably the most prominent and the last charismatic figure in the world of photography. He received numerous awards worldwide including the Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Center of Photography in New York (2012) and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (2019). He nonchalantly transcends art, fashion, and design, and is loved and respected all over the world.
This documentary closely follows Moriyama, “the king of the street snapshot”, and reveals how his works are born. Also, it covers the process for the reissue project of Moriyama’s 1968 debut photo book, ‘Japan A Photo Theater’. Turning the camera not only on Moriyama as he takes photographs, but his exchanges with bookbinders and editors as well, the documentary studies his day-to-day creative work.
Here is the official trailer for the documentary
Trailer: The Past is Always New, The Future is Always Nostalgic Photographer Daido Moriyama from Free Stone Productions on Vimeo.
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Director: Gen IWAMA
Cast: Daido MORIYAMA, Yutaka KANBAYASHI, Satoshi MACHIGUCHI
Japanese title: 過去はいつも新しく、未来はつねに懐かしい 写真家 森山大道
Japanese Theatrical Release: April 30, 2021
Official website: daido-documentary2020.com