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Daido Moriyama

Record n° 33

Akio Nagasawa publishing, 2016

220 x 278 mm

soft cover, 88 pages, signed

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.

October 29 was for me a Saturday just like any other Saturday. As usual, I put my camera into the pocket of my jacket in the morning, and walked down to the coffee shop near the park at Ikebukuro station's West Exit to have my coffee, while shooting the occasional picture as I leisurely passed through familiar sceneries. I sat back and enjoyed my coffee and a cigarette, before heading home, dropping by a super market near Rikkyo University on the way. During that hour or so, I pushed my camera's shutter-release button about three dozen times, surrounded by the chilly air of a dull, cloudy day. ?Back home I spent the time from before noon until around two seeking out some ten-odd negatives that I was asked to make prints from, and once I was done with that, I was ready for some more shooting and left the apartment. My plan for the day was to take the bus to Nakano from Ikebukuro Station, and take photos and more photos in the Nakano-Asagaya neighborhood. However, as I approached the lkebukuro West Exit bus stop, the sky turned increasingly dark, and since my mood took a similarly gloomy turn, I frankly changed my mind, and decided to spend the rest of the day in Ikebukuro. So I walked up to the North Exit area and strolled through the streets, and from there, took the underpass to the East side, where I continued to walk around and do some shooting until I eventually found myself on Sunshine-doori. And that was no good. It was Halloween, and before I knew it, I was in the middle of a Halloween parade. Problem is, I hate Halloween. Dammit, I thought, but avoiding the Halloween crowd was against my usual habit. The pavement was full of costumed and dressed-up people, so I took a deep breath myself and took a dive into the crowd, where in ended up noting for almost an hour. As soon as I spotted a gap in the parade I seized the opportunity to sneak down to the South Exit, and catch my breath at a coffee shop in a quiet back alley. ??While sitting there and absent-mindedly sipping my coffee, a certain thought literally flashed across my mind. It was a thought that had never occurred to me before. The idea was to fill one issue of Record exclusively with the photos taken on this particular day. I'd been bragging about how I'd only need a single day to shoot enough material to fill an entire photo book, but in reality it never was that easy. But as this was the plan that I hatched over my coffee, it dawned on me that I had no other choice this time. I left the coffee shop, and by the time I arrived home, the had already set. But now I had a plan, and according to the I continued to roam the neighborhood with my camera and flashlight, and even after walking into my apartment, I tried and pointed my camera also at things O know rather well.  I was only on able to do such thing, make a book like this at will, thanks to the existence of this very Record as a a medium that has been a big support for me and my constant desire to go go out and take street snaps. Thank you, Nagasawa-san!

Daido Moriyama, the afterword of Record n°33

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