Tuesday, May 5, 2009

What Has Ever Been So Horrible It Can't Be Imaged?

Fig. 1. Vija Celmins - To Fix The Image In Memory XII, 1977-82

'To suffer is one thing; another thing is living with photographed images of suffering, which does not necessarily strengthen conscience and the ability to be compassionate. It can also corrupt them. Once one has seen such images, one has started down the road of seeing more and more. Images transfix and images anaesthetise. An event becomes more real than it would have been if one had never seen a photograph. But after repeated exposure to images it also becomes less real.'

Susan Sontag