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

 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. 
 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.” 
 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. 
 When I take photographs, my body inevitably enters a trancelike state. Briskly weaving my way through the avenues, every cell in my body becomes as sensitive as radar, responsive to the life of the streets... If I were to give it words, I would say: “I have no choice... I have to shoot this... I can’t leave this place for another’s eyes... I have to shoot it... I have no choice.” An endless, murmuring refrain. 
 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) 
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