Uniqlo has teamed up with legendary Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama for its latest UT collection, comprising five T-shirt designs that feature his black-and-white photographs.
The photos range from shots taken in New York and Paris to his masterpiece "Stray Dog" taken in Misawa, Aomori (Japan).
Known for his street photography, Moriyama, now 82, shot to fame in the 1960s with his high-contrast, grainy black-and-white images, often referred to as the “rough, out-of-focus and blurry” technique. In fact, he still prowls the streets taking snapshots.
The Osaka-born photographer won the New Artist Award from the Japan Photo-Critics Association in 1967. Many of Moriyama's photographs are shot with a hand-held camera, at times through a window or from across the street.
Since the 1970s, he has exhibited widely and has received numerous awards for his work, including Sweden’s Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2019 and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York in 2012.
His work has been exhibited all over the world, from San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (1999), New York’s The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1999), the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2008) to the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan (2011).
"There is no quality without quantity. Take as many shots as possible," says Moriyama, who was born in Ikeda, Osaka, in 1938.
His well-known "Stray Dog" photograph from 1971 is the obvious highlight in this Daido Moriyama X UT collection.