“everything exists to end in a photograph”

The omnipresence of photographs has an incalculable effect on our ethical sensibility. By furnishing this already crowded world with a duplicate one of images, photography makes us fell that the world is more available than it really is.

Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution.

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That most logical of nineteenth-century aesthetes, Mallarmé, said that everything in the world exists in order to end in a book.
Today everything exists to end in a photograph.

Susan Sontag – On Photography, 1977

Have you read this book? It’s on my to-read list. I want to learn more on Susan Sontag, she seems like someone I would have enjoyed to talk to for hours. And we love this kind of authors, as Holden says.

 

Photo taken on a rainy Sunday by my dear Sonya – Oct 2017, Vancouver

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