One reason desktop publishing became so popular is how easy it made combining graphics such as photographs and illustrations with type for layouts.
In the years before designers began using personal computers, specialized workers, toiling under the exotic name of strippers, manually trimmed away the blank areas around graphics so that text could be placed around the image. (The name stripper is derived from combining strips of film together.)
Even more complicated was placing text over an illustration. The image and text had to be combined by photography and then stripped into the layout.
Certainly you expect InDesign to import images in the formats that are used by other page-layout programs. But since this is ...