In Plato's Cave
• Photographs are usually held to be definitive evidence.
• Photographs impose standards on art, culture, and identity.
• Most people have access to or own cameras.
• Photography has also focused on images of sexuality.
• A photograph conveys a sense of something, but no real information about it.
America, Seen Through Photographs, Darkly
• Whitman strove to see beyond beauty and ugliness into the essential value of a person or an object.
• Streichen photographs gave irrelevant materials relevance.
• Arbus photographed 'freaks' - dissociated victims of society.
• Like modern art, photography seems to lower sensitivities.
• Photography has led to a Surrealist takeover of modern sensibility.
• Photography is frozen in time and is transitory.
• The most ambitious photographic project was done by the Farm Security Administration in 1935.
• Photographs presupposes that reality can be a comprehensible totality.
• Photographs can be made to speak with captions.
The Heroism of Vision
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