Chris Marker
[Photographer and filmmaker, b. 1921, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, d. 2012, Paris.]

 ...after a certain quantity, photos apparently taken by chance, postcards chosen according to a passing mood, begin to trace an itinerary, to map the imaginary country that stretches out before us. 
 We feel more emotion... before an amateur photograph linked to our own life history than before the work of a Great Photographer, because his domain partakes of art, and the intent of the souvenir-object remains at the lower level of personal history. 
 And always the animals

from each trip
you bring back
a gaze
a pose

a gesture
that points
to the truest of humanity
better
than images
of humanity itself
 
 An object dies when the gaze that lights on it has disappeared.