Last summer Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama released a new photo book. The title, Northern, referred to Hokkaido, the northern-most island of Japan, and a location he resided in 1978 for 3-months.

Roughly 2 months after the release of the book the publisher (and perhaps Moriyama himself) decided not to do a 2nd printing. So the book is, in effect, out of print (but you can still purchase it on Amazon JP).

Moriyama then went on to showcase a series of prints from his book at COMME des GARCONS’ acclaimed “Six” gallery space in Osaka, Japan. Designed by Rei Kawakubo herself, the gallery opened in 2009. Moriyama’s show, which ran from April – July of 2010, was the the 3rd exhibition to date, following Yayoi Kusama and Tadanori Yokoo.

I love all the gritty, high-contrast awesomeness of these prints. I’ve never seen Hokkaido in such light. You can purchase an original print, which is accompanied by the book, at Azito.