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On Photography

'Photography, probably more than any other medium, is emblematic of the nature of modern Western society. ... And, like our society, they tend towards an ultimate reduction of the dimensionality of time. ...In a sense photographs are the ultimate invention of capitalist society: they provide the commodification of memory itself. And like the society which originated them, they provide equal portions of help and harm, of truth and of fiction; they have undeniable value, but they also result in a certain loss of innocence, and of deeper values.

'The six essays in this book (all of which were originally published in the New York Times Review of Books) provide a critical evaluation of these themes'. (Hans Friedrich for [More]

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