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

 When one has a picture taken, the photographer says “Perfect!” Just as you are! That is death. 
 Today everything exists to end in a photograph. 
 By furnishing this already crowded world with a duplicate one of images, photography makes us feel that the world is more available than it really is. 
 Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution. 
 The Western memory museum is now mostly a visual one. 
 Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are. 
 There is no such thing as a bad photograph—only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones. 
 Photographs state the innocence, the vulnerability of lives heading toward their own destruction, and this link between photography and death haunts all photographs of people. 
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