Hikari to Kage [Light and Shadow].
(Tokyo): (Tojusha), (1982).
4to (295 × 217 mm), pp.216. 100 black-and-white photographs. Double black endleaves. Printed French-fold wrappers, black, text in grey and white; light wear to extremities. Printed dust-jacket, black, text in grey and white, black-and-white photographic image silk-screened to front; light wear to edges with an abrasion to fore-edge, spine lightly toned, adhesive mark to rear flap. Publisher’s printed wraparound band, grey; lightly rubbed, wear to edges, two nicks with creasing to front, strengthened with tape on verso. Near-fine in an excellent dust-jacket with a very good band.
First edition, one of Daido Moriyama’s key books. Following the publication of Shashin yo Sayonara (Farewell, Photography) and Karyudo (A Hunter) in 1972, Moriyama experienced something like a crisis of creative confidence and largely stopped taking photographs for several years. In 1981 he began taking photographs seriously attempting to capture light in a simple and direct way. Some of them were serialised in Shashin Jidai magazine, and the entire series is published here in Hikari to Kage, which also contains his first collection of writings on photography.