Moriyama Daido, at the age 81, is still active as an artist. He is probably the most prominent and the last charismatic figure in the world of photography. He received numerous awards worldwide. He nonchalantly transcends art, fashion, and design, and is loved and respected all over the world.
The film begins at a logging site in Hokkaido, Japan. The big trees are cut down with the roar of an electric saw. These trees will undergo a long process to be reborn as papers to make a photography book called Japan: A Photo Theater that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication by a photographer named Moriyama Daido. Daido, who has only taken snapshots of scenery and people on the street for nearly 60 years, is an artist who has built his own territory just like his nickname “King of the street documentary” implies. Experienced Japanese editors and book designers had to go through a terribly complicated and elaborate process not just to recreate but to make the already out-of-print photography collection, Japan: A Photo Theater, into a new masterpiece. Even during that process, Daido roams around the streets to find yet another subject. This documentary fiercely captures a photographer on the street and the people who strived so fiercely to transfer his arts into a book. (CHUN Jinsu)
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