Susan Sontag
[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]

 All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. 
 To remember is, more and more, not to recall a story but to be able to call up a picture. 
 In some way I would suggest that photography is not so much an art as a meta-art. It’s an art which devours other art... photography takes the whole world as its subject, cannibalizes all art forms, and converts them into images. And in that sense it seems a peculiarly modern art form. 
 To collect photography is to collect the world. 
 Strictly speaking, it is doubtful that a photograph can help us understand anything. 
 Life is a movie. Death is a photograph. 
 The vast maw of modernity has chewed up reality and spat the whole mess out as images. 
 No sophisticated sense of what photography is or can be will ever weaken the satisfactions of a picture of an unexpected event seized in mid-action by an alert photographer. 
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