Ishiuchi Miyako
[Photographer, b. 1947, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, lives in Tokyo.]

 I cannot stop [taking photographs of scars] because they are so much like a photograph… They are visible events, recorded in the past. Both the scars and the photographs are the manifestation of sorrow for the many things which cannot be retrieved... 
 I failed a lot. Failing is so important. It’s been such a plus for me, never having been taught photography. 
 The natural choice is to photograph what you like. I chose what I hated. 
 One must be a bit cold to be the one taking photos. 
 I am not photographing the past, I am taking the present moment, the time of the now, when these remnants are here, together with me. 
 I’ve started to think lately that perhaps I really am suited to photography. That’s the potential of photography: to be freer and freer, to do things with ever more freedom. 
 …I have always thought that the darkroom is such a sexual place. Its smell is so strong. And if you do it with bare hands, it’s like you’re having sex. Photography has that quality; it engages the five senses. It possesses something like sexuality. 
 It’s very difficult for me to take pictures from the perspective of the viewer. I can only be the one providing the photographs. 
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