278 x 220 mm
softcover, 80 pages, text by Daido Moriyama in Japanese & English
Record is the personal magazine which Daido Moriyama first self-published in 1972-1973, intended as monthlies, until the rebirth of the project in 2006. Over the years, Record has become the artist's personal diary and notebook. Or, as he likes to put it, his 'lifeline' that runs underneath the numerous projects that punctuate his existence.
"Last April I went to Los Angeles.
L.A. means for me, more than anything else, the staggering view from Beverly Hills down on the city; the downtown area around the ?Mexican street" with its various tasty smells; Little Tokyo, a neighborhood that could have been used as a movie set, and finally, the Santa Monica Pier amusement park further down on the coast.
The original purpose of my visit to L.A. was the opening of a solo exhibition and talk show at the LACMA?s Pavillon for Japanese Art, as well as the opening of another solo show at a gallery on Beverly Boulevard.
Each and every day was a hot and sunny one, and the light and wind, the people and places, and just about everything else I saw just seemed to be 'Los Angeles' at me. So loud it almost made me laugh.
As a mater of course, in between the various businesses I had to do I found enough time to make a few trips to the places mentioned above, so I did get my fair share of LA. style enjoyment. On top of that, however, I was invited to the residence of a famed Hollywood producer and photo collector, which basically was nice, but when I ended up in a situation as embarrassing as standing by the poolside and mumbling a speech (of sorts), my L.A. overdose was complete.
When returning to Tokyo after all that, I found the cherry blossoms already falling."
Daido Moriyama, excerpt from the afterword of Record n°22