Susan Sontag
[Writer, theorist, and critic, b. 1933, New York, d. 2004, New York.]

 Today everything exists to end in a photograph. 
 The Western memory museum is now mostly a visual one. 
 By furnishing this already crowded world with a duplicate one of images, photography makes us feel that the world is more available than it really is. 
 To remember is, more and more, not to recall a story but to be able to call up a picture. 
 A photograph is not only an image (as a painting is an image), an interpretation of the real; it is also a trace, something directly stenciled off the real, like a footprint or a death mask. 
 A photograph is supposed not to evoke but to show. That is why photographs, unlike handmade images, can count as evidence. But evidence of what? 
 Life is a movie. Death is a photograph. 
 Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are. 
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