Tsuyoshi Ito, historian of Japanese photography, recently interviewed the renowned Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama. Moriyama’s answer to one particular question tells us a lot about photographs (my italics): Ito: You mentioned that you got your start in graphic design. What kind of relationship does that discipline have to photography?
Moriyama: When I was younger I did not think about what graphic design had taught me, but as I grew older I realized that it was actually very important. This was particularly clear during the construction of a photography book. It made me realize that there was a part of me that was still curious about design. There is part of me that wants to create something for the graphic aesthetics, rather than for the story. Being exposed to graphic design from countries such as America at a young age played a major role in shaping my photography.