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.” 
 Making a definitive declaration of intent or meaning kills the photograph. 
 I wanted to go to the end of photography. 
 If an image is good, it is brought back to life by the feelings of the viewer. 
 [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. 
 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. 
 A single photograph contains different images. 
 The crushing force of time is before my eyes, and I myself try to keep pressing the shutter release of the camera. 
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