Sexta-feira, 23 de Janeiro de 2009

On Photography

 

 

 

Criança, c. 1880

Estúdio A. Fillon, Lisboa

(frente e verso)

 

 

 

 

It is a nostalgic time right now and photographs actively promote nostalgia. Photography is an elegiac art, a twilight art. Most subjects photographed are, just by virtue of being photographed, touched with pathos. An ugly or grotesque subject may be moving because it has been dignified by the attention of the photographer. A beautiful subject can be the object of rueful feelings, because it has aged or decayed or no longer exists. All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.

 

 

 

© Susan Sontag

 

 

 

publicado por VF às 12:12
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1 comentário:
De Henrique a 24 de Janeiro de 2009 às 21:19
..."to paticipate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability", reflectindo e dando brilho à minha existência; vêr imagens que ilustram a narrativa encantada que me acompanha há três décadas... Obrigado!

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