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The Past is Always New, ​the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama​

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Programme: The Past is Always New, ​the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama​
Year: 2019
Director: Iwama Gen
Format: Digital File / Category I
Type: Screening
Length: 112 min.
Language: Japanese (with Chinese and English subtitles)
Audience: Everyone
Location: House 1, House 2

The Past is Always New, ​the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama​

Daido Moriyama, ‘the king of the street snapshot’, is still a working artist at age eighty-three. Effortlessly transcending art, fashion, and design, Moriyama has received numerous awards worldwide, including the 2019 Hasselblad Award, regarded as the ‘Nobel Prize of photography’.

The Past Is Always New, the Future Is Always Nostalgic is an intimate portrait of Moriyama’s creative process and a fascinating journey through his life, work, inspirations, and reception over the past fifty years. The film also narrates the dramatic ‘resurrection’ of Moriyama's 1968 debut photo book, Japan, a Photo Theater. The documentary follows the 2018 reconstruction of the 149-photo masterpiece from A to Z, as Moriyama provides bookbinders and editors with context, technical details, and a critical eye.

'The Past is Always New, ​the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama​' Trailer
'The Past is Always New, ​the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama​' Trailer
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About the Director

Iwama Gen (b. 1966, Hokkaido) joined Nippon Television in 1991. He received numerous awards for the art documentaries and programmes he directed and produced at museums around the world. In his twenties, Iwama wrote and directed Photographer Daido Moriyama 1996: What Did the Dog On the Street See?, a rare video record of Moriyama’s creative process.

Directed by Gen Iwama. The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Free Stone Productions

Directed by Gen Iwama. The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Free Stone Productions

Directed by Gen Iwama. The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Free Stone Productions

Directed by Gen Iwama. The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Free Stone Productions

Directed by Gen Iwama. The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Free Stone Productions

Directed by Gen Iwama. The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Free Stone Productions

Directed by Gen Iwama. The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Free Stone Productions

Directed by Gen Iwama. The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Free Stone Productions

Directed by Gen Iwama. The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Free Stone Productions

Directed by Gen Iwama. The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Free Stone Productions

Directed by Gen Iwama. The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Free Stone Productions

Directed by Gen Iwama. The Past is Always New, the Future is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Free Stone Productions

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