Daido Moriyama
[Photographer, b. 1938, Ikeda-cho, Osaka, Japan, lives in Tokyo.]

 If you were to ask me to define a photograph in a few words, I would say it is “a fossil of light and time.” 
 The crushing force of time is before my eyes, and I myself try to keep pressing the shutter release of the camera. 
 If an image is good, it is brought back to life by the feelings of the viewer. 
 Making a definitive declaration of intent or meaning kills the photograph. 
 Until a few years ago, I was able to stave off an awareness that there is not an ounce of beauty in the world, and that humanity is a thing of extreme hideousness. So I could shoot and believe in something. (1972) 
 [My] photos are often out of focus, rough, streaky, warped, etc. But if you think about it, a normal human being will in one day perceive an infinite number of images, and some of them are focused upon, others are barely seen out of the corner of one’s eye. 
 Most of what I want simply slips away like water flowing through a net, and always what remains are only vague, elusive fragments of images… that sink into countless strata in my mind. 
 I wanted to go to the end of photography. 
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