New York

Daido Moriyama

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Less art and more truth.” I remember that motto scrawled across a wall in the Robert Frank retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 1995–96. The idea that anyone would use photography to try to tell the truth seems preposterous these days, but Frank has been doing so for over fifty years—very often with success. It is now clear that the one artist who most resembles Frank in this quixotic quest is the Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, whose work has finally been made available to an American audience in a spate of recent exhibitions: “Stray Dog,” at the Japan Society; “Hunter,” at the Metropolitan Museum; “Selected Works,” at Laurence Miller Gallery; and “Provoke,” a group show at Roth Horowitz.

Moriyama makes images of what is commonly thought to be invisible to the eye, pushing photography to the limits of representation to capture more than mere documentary veracity. In a statement

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