Paul Valéry
[Writer and poet, b. 1871, Sète, France, d. 1945, Paris.]

 ...a few days old he was brought before a lens; decades later the man he grew into might stand amazed and affected before the photograph of the baby whose future he has used up. 
 All in all, can one think of a subject more deserving of the philosopher’s meditation than the enormous increase in the number of stars as well as in the number of cosmic radiations and energies whose record we owe to photography? (1939) 
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