Born in Ikeda, Osaka, he studied photography under Takeji Iwamiya before moving to Tokyo in 1961 to work as an assistant to Eikoh Hosoe. He produced a collection of photographs, Nippon gekijō shashinchō, which showed the darker sides of urban life and the less-seen parts of cities. In them, he attempted to show how life in certain areas was being left behind the other industrialised parts.
His work was often stark and contrasting within itself. One image could convey an array of senses; all without using color. His work was jarring, yet symbiotic to his own fervent lifestyle.
Among the most famous of Moriyama's works is the 1971 shot of a stray dog (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) and many others featuring everyday objects or landscapes shot from unfamiliar angles, giving them a stark perspective.
An exhibition of Moriyama's work was held at the Shine Gallery in London between February and April 2004. In March 2007 an extensive retrospective on his work opened in the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Sevilla. This touring exhibition shows the development of Moriyama's career since 1965 until our days and includes examples of key works like his contributions for the magazine Provoke and his series "New York".
Daido Moriyama's "Novembre" was exhibited in "Fashion Photography" Curated by Anne Havinga, Estrellita and Yosuf Karsh Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts Boston November 2006 - March 25, 2007 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue , Boston, MA 02155 USA
Daidō Moriyama's work is permanently on exhibition at Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston, and was included in the following exhibitions at that gallery:
"Hysteric Magazine", Tokyo, Japan, 1993.
Kazuo, Nishi, Daido Moriyama, 55 Series, Phaidon. London, England, 2001
Daido Moriyama, Lettre a St. Loup, Kawade Shoba Shinsha, Publisher, Japan, 1990, 2005.
Eikoh Hosoe, Shomei Tomatsu, Masahisa Fukase, Daido Moriyama, Mark Holborn, Black Sun: The Eyes of Four, Roots and Innovation in Japanese Photography, Aperture, New York, 1986, pgs. 12, 13.
Sandra S. Phillips, Daido Moriyama, and Alexandra Munroe, Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, 1999.
Naoki Takazawa, Daido Moriyama, Novembre, Getsuyosha Limited in association with Issey Miyake, Tokyo, Japan, 2004.
Noriko Tsutatani, Katsuhiko Kawano, Hunter of Light - Daido Moriyama 1965-2003, Shimane Art Museum, NHK Educational, Japan, 2003.
"The Works with Polaroid 1983-1986," Edited by Koko Yamagishi, Seikyu-sha, Tokyo