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Photographer: Daido Moriyama
Publisher: Super Labo
Publication date: 2013
Print length: 152 pages
Language: English
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Marrakech is just one of a number of cities in which Moriyama has made work as an outsider, in stark contrast to his lifelong commitment to revisiting and re-photographing the streets of Tokyo where he has lived for half a century.

Moriyama came to Marrakech in 1989 having been asked to take pictures in the city as a commission for a Japanese magazine. At the time he was living mostly in Paris (despite speaking little French or English), exploring a city that had occupied his thoughts and imagination since seeing French cinema while growing up. Inspired equally by an idealized, romantic sense of Paris, and the dead-pan photographic documents of the historic city made by the Eugène Atget at the end of the nineteenth century, Moriyama began to make his own reflections on a place which previously knew only from a distance.

Despite having traveled to Europe prior to 1988, Moriyama had made little work there, and had published only one book on a city outside Japan: a self-published photo-copy book entitled Another Country in New York (1974). However, from the late 1980s onwards Moriyama would travel extensively making work in, and about, some of the world’s great cities from Europe to Asia and in both North and Latin America.

"Elias Canetti's brilliant Die Stimmen von Marrakech is a book I like and one that I find myself casually re-reading once every few years. Each time I do, I will the memories from a faraway past of the short, week trip I took to Marrakesch, already a quarter of a century ago to come back. The nostalgic scenes of the many sounds, aromas, and crowded streets vividly return to my closed eyes." - Daido Moriyama
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