12 April 2006

Picturing Causes?

"Subject does not consist of a collection of facts, for facts of themselves offer little interest. Through facts, however, we can reach an understanding of the laws that govern them, and be better able to select the essential ones which communciate reality." - H. Cartier-Bresson

It sure would be nice to know what he thought he was talking about. This is the sort of statement that has, I think, rightly made political theorists suspicious of photography and photographers - as though some accumulation of facts will somehow amount to what we actually want and need - a causal story that accounts for or explains what it is the pictures are meant to convey.


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