Insight for the Day from Susan Sontag

Two great quotes from Sontag’s On Photography, showing that Sontag’s thought in the 1970s was downright prophetic in the way our culture relates to images:

“So successful has been the camera’s role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.”

Portrait Of Author Susan Sontag

“To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed. Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder – a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.”

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