But photography, in its very essence, does not create something out of nothing, but it is a device to copy existing images. Then why not start from this assumption of copying, so we can get closer to the essence of the photograph?
It is no meaning to create artwork by one's own aesthetic and concepts. However, when people take photos, one's aesthetic and memory are always included. This is a kind of everlasting contradiction. However, this contradiction is acceptable.
The world is not only just one world, but the world itself is scattered. We just copy these scattered worlds by using photography, and ask again about what photos are. Realism itself is not exciting, and also conceptual and aesthetic art is not exciting. What I have to do by using photography is to think about the other important image in between, the world of the copy.
Photography has no originality. If you have a camera, you can make a copy. The activity is not monopolized by professionals. Any amateur can be as good as a professional. However, unfortunately, the amateur photographer's world has become more and more professionally oriented and there is no longer any essence.
- Moriyama Daido