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

 Making a definitive declaration of intent or meaning kills the photograph. 
 I wanted to go to the end of photography. 
 [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. 
 A single photograph contains different images. 
 If an image is good, it is brought back to life by the feelings of the viewer. 
 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. 
 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. 
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