What Is This Thing
Called Photography?

"A photograph is transparent to its subject, and if it holds our interest, it does so because it acts as a surrogate for the represented thing. Thus if one finds a photograph beautiful, it is because one finds something beautiful in its subject. The aesthetic or emotional qualities of a photograph tend to derive directly from the qualities of what it represents: if the photograph is sad, it is usually because its subject is sad; if it is touching, it is because its subject is touching, and so on."