What Is This Thing
Called Photography?





"The photographic take is immediate and definitive, like the constitution of the fetish in the unconscious, fixed by a glance in childhood. . . . Photography is a cut inside the referent; it cuts off (cuts out) a piece of the referent, a fragment or part object, for a long immobile journey of no return. Within each photograph a tiny piece of time brutally and forever escapes its ordinary fate, and is protected against its own loss."