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

 To remember is, more and more, not to recall a story but to be able to call up a picture. 
 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. 
 Photography is a kind of overstatement, a heroic copulation with the material world. 
 Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are. 
 The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own. 
 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. 
 Life is a movie. Death is a photograph. 
 There is no such thing as a bad photograph—only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones. 
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