What Is This Thing
Called Photography?





"A drawing is a translation. That is to say each mark on the paper is consciously related, not only to the real or imagined "model," but also to every mark and space set out on the paper. Thus a drawn or painted image is woven together by the energy (or lassitude, if the drawing is weak) of countless judgments. Every time a figuration is evoked in a drawing, everything about it has been mediated by consciousness, either intuited or systematically. In a drawing an apple is made round or spherical; in a photograph the roundness and the light and shade of the apple are received as a given."