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

 Photography is the act of “fixing” time, not of “expressing” the world. The camera is an inadequate tool for extracting a vision of the world or of beauty. 
 Making a definitive declaration of intent or meaning kills the photograph. 
 A single photograph contains different images. 
 I wanted to go to the end of photography. 
 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.” 
 If an image is good, it is brought back to life by the feelings of the viewer. 
 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) 
 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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