What Is This Thing
Called Photography?





"Photography is linked with the Egyptian sarcophagus most immediately and definitively by the social practice of keeping photographs (souvenirs, keepsakes) in memory of loved ones, who have passed away. But even when the person is still living, when he or she is photographed and the print produced, the moment in the photograph has passed away, vanished forever. Strictly speaking then the moment in the person's life captured by the photograph is dead, dead for having been shot. "

"The snapshot, like death, is an instantaneous abduction of the object out of the world into another world, into another kind of time. In all photographs we have this same cutting off of a piece of time, and keeping what has been shot, keeping it unchanged while the world around it continues to change."