Thursday, September 27, 2007

Which came first, the desire to master, or the desire to wonder?

An interesting follow up to Winger's book, and speaking of photographs...much hubbub over at The Times regarding two sentences in an essay by Susan Sontag, but clearly about much more than that. An intriguing undertaking. However, the project seems less in the spirit of inquiry that Susan Sontag inhabited, and more in the spirit of mastering and undermining her sense of wonder. I'm not sure what this project adds to our ability to read a photograph. On the other hand, I'm quite sure of the impact Sontag's essays have had, and no doubt will continue to have.

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