Photo Quotes Archive

Quotes by Susan Sontag (16 quotes)

(1933-2004)
an American essayist, novelist, intellectual, filmmaker, and activist. A self-considered novelist and writer of fiction, she gained early and enduring fame and notoriety for her essays.
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"A photograph is not only an image (as a painting is an image), an interpretation of the real; it is also a trace, something directly stenciled off the real, like a footprint or a death mask."
Source: AllGreatQuotes.com
Photography > General
Quote #207
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"Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art."
Art > General
Quote #232
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"While a painting, even one that meets photographic standards of resemblance, is never more than the stating of an interpretation, a photograph is never less than the registering of an emanation (light waves reflected by objects)– a material vestigate of its subject in a way that no painting can be… Having a photograph of Shakespeare would be like having a nail from the True Cross."
Photography > General
Quote #364
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"Photographs are perhaps the most mysterious of all the objects that make up, and thicken, the environment we recognize as modern. Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood."
Photography > General
Quote #378
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"It seems positively unnatural to travel without taking a camera along... The very activity of taking pictures is soothing and assuages general feelings of disorientation that are likely to be exacerbated by travel."
Source: Sontag, Susan. "On Photography".
Photography > General
Quote #379
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"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."
Source: Sontag, Susan. "On Photography".
Photography > General
Quote #380
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"All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person's (or thing's ) mortality, vulnerability, mutability."
Photography > General
Quote #531
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"In photographing dwarfs, you don't get majesty and beauty. You get dwarfs."
Photography > Technique
Quote #533
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"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."
Photography > General
Quote #556
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"The two ideas are antithetical. Insofar as photography is (or should be) about the world, the photographer counts for little, but insofar as it is the instrument of intrepid, questioning subjectivity, the photographer is all."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #557
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"Photographs objectify: they turn an event or a person into something that can be possessed."
Photography > General
Quote #558
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"...to photograph is to frame, and to frame is to exclude."
Photography > Technique
Quote #559
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"Although photography generates works that can be called art-it requires subjectivity, it can lie, it gives aesthetic pleasure-photography is not, to begin with, an art form at all. Like language, it is a medium in which works of art (among other things) are made. "
Photography > General
Quote #560
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"In contrast to the written account-which, depending on its complexity of thought, reference, and vocabulary, is pitched at a larger or smaller readership-a photograph has only one language and is destined potentially for all."
Photography > General
Quote #561
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"While a painting, even one that meets photographic standards of resemblance, is never more than the stating of an interpretation, a photograph is never less than the registering of an emanation (light waves reflected by objects) - a material vestige of its subject in a way that no painting can be... Having a photograph of Shakespeare would be like having a nail from the True Cross. "
Photography > General
Quote #562
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"Photographs trade simultaneously on the prestige of art and the magic of the real."
Photography > General
Quote #681
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