[Critic and writer, St. Louis, Missouri, lives in New York.]
When photography was invented, people had to make room in their minds for the idea that the dead would always be visible.
Often what is nearest is hardest of all to see—try asking a fish to define water. Distance opens a door to revelation. When the first great distances of space were conquered by technology, a camera altered the human perspective on the Earth as radically as Galileo did when he proved the sun was the center of the universe. The ecology movement was born from a photographically altered consciousness.