... Photographing eye changes the terms of confinement in the Platons
cave, our world . In teaching us a new visual code, photogtaps alter and enlage our notion of what is worth looking at and what we have rigt to observe.They are a grammar and, even more importantly, an ethics of seeing. Finally, the most grandiose result of the photographic enterprise is to give us the sense that we can hold the whole world in our heads - as an anthology of images.
To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge and, therefore, like power.Photographic images provide most the knowledge people have about the look of he past and the reach of the present...
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