What Is This Thing
Called Photography?

"The history of the art of photography is a history of successive attempts to break the causal chain between what is before the camera and what appears (ends up) in the photograph, by inserting a human intention between the subject and the appearance in such a way that the subject is recognized for what it is and yet, at the same time, is recognized in a certain light, i.e., in terms of the photographer's intention. It is the history of an attempt to turn a simulacrum into an expression of a representational thought."