"What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine." 'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); All images and posts created by Mick Yates are copyrighted. “Photographs were seen as a way of giving information to people who do not take easily to reading.” I must take a photograph of it’. Even if someone did say that, all it would mean is: ‘I find that ugly thing … beautiful‘. ― Susan Sontag, On Photography. She had no formal training in art or photography—she studied English and philosophy at Harvard—but immersed herself in the New York cultural scene from 1959 onward. ‘… there is something predatory in the act of taking a picture. But when we are nostalgic, we take pictures.”. They are clouds of fantasy and pellets of information‘. (pg 6). Any collection of photographs is an exercise in Surrealist montage and the Surrealist abbreviation of history‘. ‘The traditional fine arts rely on the distinction between authentic and fake, between original and copy, between good taste and bad taste; the media blur, if they do not abolish outright, these distinctions. The fine arts assume that certain experiences or subjects have a meaning. To someone raised as a Catholic, like Warhol (and virtually everyone in his gang), a fascination with evil comes much more genuinely than it does to someone from a Jewish background. Even though Sontag later refuted many of her own ideas, the remains influential. (pg. According to one attitude, there is nothing that should not be seen; according to the other, there is nothing that should not be recorded‘. (pg 62). (pg. — "About Hodgkin," from Howard Hodgkin Paintings (1995), p. 109. Contextual Research And, being hidden, is something to be unveiled‘. Part of an accredited education programme (pg. Arbus had neither Warhol's narcissism and genius for publicity nor the self-protective blandness with which he insulates himself from the freaky nor his sentimentality. ‘Nobody exclaims, ‘isn’t that ugly! (pg. 167). The sublimity of color in Hodgkin's pictures can be thought of as, first of all, expressive of gratitude for the world that resists and survives the ego and its discontents. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”, “To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed. ‘Arbus wrote. The sense of the unattainable that can be evoked by photographs feeds directly into the erotic, “To collect photographs is to collect the world.”, “The photographer is now charging real beasts, beleaguered and too rare to kill. Thereby, it implicitly defined its point of view: that of middle-class people who needed to be convinced that the poor were really poor, and that the poor were dignified’. 100 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Susan Sontag That You Can’t Overlook (pg. Susan Sontag — "Photographic Evangels", p. 147 (pg. In her preface, Sontag clarifies that it "all began with one essay": the following book bounces of the springboard of an idea that began with a simple consideration as to … ‘… 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‘. Their mood is the very opposite of the FSA photographs: they are not moving, they are not idiomatic, they do not invite sympathy‘. Project Development, 1 Positions & Practice In this way, photography is an act of acquisition, not just interpretation or documentation. The photograph is not, even ostensibly, meant to lead us back to an original experience‘. The production of images also furnishes a ruling ideology. “Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality...One can't possess reality, one can possess images--one can't possess the present but one can possess the past.”. It is inevitable that more and more art will be designed to end as photographs. Cameras define reality in the two ways essential to the workings of an advanced industrial society: as a spectacle (for masses) and as an object of surveillance (for rulers)‘. Capitalist society requires a culture based on images. ‘Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection; that its militants thought it universal is only one of the signs that it is typically bourgeois‘. (pg. 21). (pg. There is probably no subject that cannot be beautified; moreover, there is no way to suppress the tendency inherent in all photographs to accord value to their subjects‘. The photographer is supertourist, an extension of the anthropologist, visiting natives and bringing back news of their exotic doings and strange gear‘. And to have one’s judgement of an entire genre of work (atrocity photography) coloured solely by one’s childhood fears is, well, the work of an amateur. 63). See more ideas about Susan sontag, Susan sontag quotes, Susan. It made no sense that a writer publishing in the so-called little magazines, like Partisan Review and the New York Review of Books, on topics like structuralist philosophy or the history of interpretation, could cross over to become a major literary star. I read a few articles about photography and finally, Susan Sontag’s superb essays On Photography. It is almost as if their work was written to encourage a whole school of criticism of it – Elkins, Linfield and many more. Her work shows people who are pathetic, pitiable, as well as repulsive, but it does not arouse any compassionate feelings‘. ‘In China, where no space is left over from politics and moralism for expressions of aesthetic sensibility, only some things are to be photographed and only in certain ways’. ‘Aesthetic distance seems built into the very experience of looking at photographs, if not right away, then certainly with the passage of time. And a change in appearances is a change in the person, for he refused to posit any ‘real’ person ensconced behind these appearances‘. Susan Sontag, NYC. She wonders whether photographs and reality are, in actuality, the same thing. But photography’s impact on painting was not as clear-cut as that. I find her work lacking in academic rigour, and very prone to deeply personal judgment – in fact, she and Roland Barthes have much in common on these two counts. S&S Work in Progress, FMP Pecha Kucha ‘Two attitudes underlie this presumption that anything in the world is material for the camera. ‘The whole of a life may be summed up in a momentary appearance. A touch of the finger now suffices to invest a moment with posthumous irony‘. (pg. This gives shape to experience: stop, take a photograph, and move on. No activity is better equipped to exercise the Surrealist way of looking than photography, and eventually we look at all photographs surrealistically. Susan Sontag Quotes A collection of thoughts and quotes by Susan Sontag media, culture, AIDS, photography, ideology, human-rights, illness, intelligence and activist. (pg. Susan Sontag. Like language, it is a medium in which works of art (among other things) are made‘. One does so by universalizing the human condition, into joy; the other by atomizing it, into horror‘. (pg. ‘The immensely gifted members of the Farm Security Administration photographic project of the late 1930s (among them Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Russell Lee) would take dozens of frontal pictures of one of their sharecropper subjects until satisfied that they had gotten just the right look on film—the precise expression on the subject’s face that supported their own notions about poverty, light, dignity, texture, exploitation, and geometry. Find summaries for every chapter, including a On Photography Chapter Summary Chart to help you understand the book. 57). Once one has seen such images, one has started down the road of seeing more - and more. (pg. And it needs to gather unlimited amounts of information, the better to exploit natural resources, increase productivity, keep order, make war, give jobs to bureaucrats. Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder - a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.”, “Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”, “Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality...One can't possess reality, one can possess images--one can't possess the present but one can possess the past.”, “The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”, “Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. ‘The history of photography could be recapitulated as the struggle between two different imperatives: beautification, which comes from the fine arts, and truth-telling, which is measured not only by a notion of value-free truth, a legacy from the sciences, but by a moralized ideal of truth-telling‘. It's all about paying attention. Photographs furnish instant history, instant sociology, instant participation‘. ‘Photographs, which turn the past into a consumable object, are a short cut. The power of photography --and its centrality in present aesthetic concerns-- is that it confirms both ideas of art. Susan Sontag’s On Photography, “In Plato’s Cave” Summary | Nude Answers 2016 In-text: (Susan Sontag’s On Photography, “In Plato’s Cave” Summary | Nude Answers, 2016) ‘In principle, photography executes the Surrealist mandate to adopt an uncompromisingly egalitarian attitude toward subject matter. SONTAG, Susan. Susan Sontag (/ ˈ s ɒ n t æ ɡ /; January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004) was an American writer, filmmaker, philosopher, teacher, and political activist. The freakish is no longer a private zone, difficult of access. ‘The two ideals are antithetical. 120). Susan Sontag’s fame was always paradoxical. Now all art aspires to the condition of photography‘. ‘Strand and Weston, who both acknowledge a similarity between their ways of seeing and those of Kandinsky and Brancusi, may have been attracted to the hard edge of Cubist style in reaction to the softness of Stieglitz’s images‘ (pg. mickyates April 10, 2019 ContextualResearch, Critical Research Journal, Critical Theory, Documentary, ICWeek11, Ideas, Informing Contexts, Media Theory, Photography, Portrait, Quotes Leave a Comment. Both presuppose that photography provides a unique system of disclosures: that it shows us reality as we had not seen it before‘. It is now clear that there is no inherent conflict between the mechanical or naive use of the camera and formal beauty of a very high order‘. Unless otherwise and specifically stated on the post, all items created by Mick Yates are licensed under the Creative Commons License scheme (requiring Attribution – Non Commercial – No Derivative Works – 3.0 Unported) and may be redistributed according to that license. Social misery has inspired the comfortably-off with the urge to take pictures, the gentlest of predations, in order to document a hidden reality, that is, a reality hidden from them‘. The flâneur is not attracted to the city’s official realities but to its dark seamy corners, its neglected populations, an unofficial reality behind the facade of bourgeois‘. (pg. It needs to furnish vast amounts of entertainment in order to stimulate buying and anesthetise the injuries of class, race, and sex. For example, now all adults can know exactly how they and their parents and grandparents looked as children – a knowledge not available to anyone before the invention of cameras, not even to that tiny minority among whom it was customary to commission paintings of their children‘. 5 Final Major Project, IC Critical Review 51). ‘For Baudelaire, photography was painting’s ‘mortal enemy’; but eventually a truce was worked out, according to which photography was held to be painting’s liberator‘. ‘A photograph is not just the result of an encounter between an event and a photographer; picture-taking is an event in itself, and one with ever more peremptory rights – to interfere with, to invade, or to ignore whatever is going on. 54). 115). 69). ‘In much of conceptual art, in Christo’s packaging of the landscape, in the earthworks of Walter De Maria and Robert Smith-son, the artist’s work is known principally by the photographic report of it in galleries and museums; sometimes the size is such that it can only be known in a photograph (or from an airplane). (pg. (pg. Nevertheless, Sontag’s radical thoughts on photography are as potent as ever. 1977. (pg. (pg. Photography has always been fascinated by social heights and lower depths. “But the very question of whether photography is or is not an art is essentially a misleading one. ‘The view of reality as an exotic prize to be tracked down and captured by the diligent hunter-with-a-camera has informed photography from the beginning, and marks the confluence of the Surrealist counter-culture and middle-class social adventurism. If they are not the same thing, they must be intimately connected because at some amount of reality is always captured in a visual image. (pg. Aug 31, 2017 - Explore Nargess Behrouzian's board "Susan sontag" on Pinterest. Out of photography, one can make passport pictures, weather photographs, pornographic pictures, X-rays, wedding pictures, and Atget's Paris. 122). My critique: I think Susan Sontag hates photography. Hobbesian man roams the streets, quite visible, with glitter in his hair.”. Rather, they owe their existence to a loose cooperation (quasi-magical, quasi-accidental) between photographer and subject mediated by an ever simpler and more automated machine, which is tireless, and which even when capricious can produce a result that is interesting and never entirely wrong. Quotations by Susan Sontag, American Author, Born January 16, 1933. ‘Stieglitz notes the undeniable influence of photography on painting, although he cites only the Impressionists – whose style of ‘blurred definition’ inspired his own‘. (Everything is ‘real’) In fact, it has – like mainstream Surrealist taste itself – evinced an inveterate fondness for trash, eyesores, rejects, peeling surfaces, odd stuff, kitsch‘. For example, now all adults can know exactly how they and their parents and grandparents looked as children – a knowledge not available to anyone before the invention of cameras. It is a set of essays on the "philosophy" of picture-taking and the meaning of photography in the modern (ca. The whole point of photographing people is that you are not intervening in their lives, only visiting them. 573 quotes from Susan Sontag: 'My library is an archive of longings. Unsure of other responses, they take a picture. 103). The camera’s twin capacities, to subjectivize reality and to objectify it, ideally serve these needs and strengthen them. In On Photography, Susan Sontag discusses what she believes photography does to society in the modern day. (pg. ‘Though these two attitudes, the aesthetic and the instrumental, seem to produce contradictory and even incompatible feelings about people and situations‘. ‘Jack Kerouac begins his introduction to Robert Frank’s book The Americans: That crazy feeling in America when the sun is hot on the streets and music comes out of the jukebox or from a nearby funeral, that’s what Robert Frank has captured in these tremendous photographs taken as he travelled on the road around practically forty-eight states in an old used car (on Guggenheim Fellowship) and with the agility, mystery, genius, sadness and strange secrecy of a shadow photographed scenes that have never been seen on film … After seeing these pictures you end up finally not knowing any more whether a jukebox is sadder than a coffin‘. 131).’For the line between amateur and professional, primitive and sophisticated is not just harder to draw with photography than it is with painting – it has little meaning‘. ‘American photography implies a more summary, less stable connection with history; and a relation to geographic and social reality that is both more hopeful and more predatory‘. One finds that there is beauty or at least interest in everything, seen with an acute enough eye. Vroman’s handsome photographs are unexpressive, uncondescending, unsentimental. Cameras define reality in the two ways essential to the workings of an advanced industrial society: as a spectacle (for masses) and as an object of surveillance (for rulers), Kosmo Foto – 1970s Istanbul on a Pentax KX, https://observer.com/2014/12/to-do-friday-and-saturday-night-see-susan-sontag-documentary/, Attribution – Non Commercial – No Derivative Works – 3.0 Unported. 8). 12). …………………………….. Header: Jill Krementz. “Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality... One can't possess reality, one can possess images- … ‘For an approach reminiscent of Sander’s, one must look to people who documented a dying or superseded part of America – like Adam Clark Vroman, who photographed Indians in Arizona and New Mexico between 1895 and 1904. As usual, when I am thinking of pursuing something, I turn to books. Photography expresses the American impatience with reality, the taste for activities whose instrumentality is a machine. (pg. ‘The freedom to consume a plurality of images and goods is equated with freedom itself‘. 68). IC Oral Presentation The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. (pg. ‘To photograph is to confer importance. Signs marked the places in national parks where visitors should stand with their cameras’. The camera is a kind of passport that annihilates moral boundaries and social inhibitions, freeing the photographer from any responsibility toward the people photographed. 66). “On Photographyis to my mind the most original and illuminating study of the subject.”—Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker. (pg. “That we are not totally transformed, that we can turn away, turn the page, switch the channel, does not impugn the ethical value of an assault by images. IC Work in Progress, P&P Oral Presentation Terms and conditions are here. But their appeal is that they also seem, in a world littered with photographic relics, to have the status of found objects – unpremeditated slices of the world. To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed, For more than a century, photographers have been hovering about the oppressed, in attendance at scenes of violence with a spectacularly good conscience. Like language, it is a medium in which works of art (among other things) are made. MA Photography, Falmouth University, A personal response to the Khmer Rouge Genocide of 1975-1979, Unfinished Stories of Cambodia, Falmouth MA CR Journal P&P Proposal Susan Sontag – Quotes from ‘On Photography’. ‘Surrealism lies at the heart of the photographic enterprise: in the very creation of a duplicate world, of a reality in the second degree, narrower but more dramatic than the one perceived by natural vision. (pg. “Life is not about significant details, illuminated a flash, fixed forever. (pg. On Photography began with a single essay in which Susan Sontag wanted to explore some of the problems, both aesthetic and moral, presented by the omnipresence of photographed images in … In A Second Flowering (1973) and The Dream of the Golden Mountains (1980), Malcolm Cowley looked back at the writers between… (pg. That approach would of course be fine if their work was not held up as two of the great canons in the photographic literature. ‘For Moholy-Nagy the genius of photography lies in its ability to render ‘an objective portrait: the individual to be photographed so that the photographic result shall not be encumbered with subjective intention‘. Available at: https://observer.com/2014/12/to-do-friday-and-saturday-night-see-susan-sontag-documentary/ (accessed 101/04/2019). More Susan Sontag Quotes. Now nature - tamed, endangered, mortal - needs to be protected from people. Like. Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted‘. 557 likes. “Photography makes us feel that the world is more available than it really is.” 1. (pg. (pg. (pg. 3 Surfaces & Strategies Quotes from On Photography that I find particularly appropriate to my work are highlighted in colour. ‘As if to refute the fact that many superb pictures are by photographers devoid of any serious or interesting intentions, the insistence that picture-taking is first of all the focusing of a temperament, only secondarily of a machine, has always been one of the main themes of the defense of photography. On Photography. Tweets by @mickyates (pg. 91). 28). A modernist would have to rewrite Pater’s dictum that all art aspires to the condition of music. ‘In fact, photography first comes into its own as an extension of the eye of the middle-class flâneur, whose sensibility was so accurately charted by Baudelaire. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flaneur finds the world ‘picturesque’. The findings of Baudelaire’s flaneur are variously exemplified by the candid snapshots taken in the 1890s by Paul Martin in London streets and at the seaside and by Arnold Genthe in San Francisco’s Chinatown (both using a concealed camera), by Atget’s twilight Paris of shabby streets and decaying trades, by the dramas of sex and loneliness depicted in Brassai’s book Paris de nuit (1933), by the image of the city as a theater of disaster in Weegee’s Naked City (1945). 90). “Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”. When we are afraid, we shoot. 74). (pg. ‘Photographed images do not seem to be statements about the world so much as pieces of it, miniatures of reality that anyone can make or acquire‘. ‘Whereas the painter, according to Weston, has always ‘tried to improve nature by self-imposition’, the photographer has ‘proved that nature offers an endless number of perfect compositions’ – order everywhere‘. 100). 62). Sontag discusses many examples of modern photography. ', and 'Do stuff. 162). It is unlikey that Warhol, who comes from a working-class family, ever felt any ambivalence toward success which afflicted the children of the Jewish upper middle classes in the 1960s. Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution.”, “to take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Like. CHAPTER 1 CRITIQUE (Plato’s Cave) I’m always suspicious of thinkers who always invoke the Plato Cave analogy (I’m with Nietzsche in […] ‘Capitalist society requires a culture based on images. For, as photography was entering the scene, painting was already, on its own, beginning its long retreat from realistic representation – Turner was born in 1775, Fox Talbot in 1800 – and the territory photography came to occupy with such rapid and complete success would probably have been depopulated anyway‘. But, in taking those views, they both seem to disregard (or at minimum not logically argue against) other possible views. (pg. Sontag’s intellectually vicious attacks on Diane Arbus are a case in point. ‘As Berenice Abbott writes: ‘The photographer is the contemporary being par excellence; through his eyes the now becomes past’. ‘Virtually every important photographer right up to the present has written manifestoes and credos expounding photography’s moral and aesthetic mission‘. 2 Informing Contexts 78). FMP Final Submission, mick yates – portrait, events, documentary & street. The media are essentially contentless (this is the truth behind Marshall McLuhan’s celebrated remark about the message being the medium itself); their characteristic tone is ironic, or dead-pan, or parodistic. Time eventually positions most photographs, even the most amateurish, at the level of art‘. (pg 86). (pg. ‘They kept a long, prudent distance from Surrealism’s contentious idea of blurring the lines between art and so-called life, between objects and events, between the intended and the unintentional, between pros and amateurs, between the noble and the tawdry, between craftsmanship and lucky blunders‘. Oct 3, 2018 - Susan Sontag quotes, tattoos, photos, books, and products. ― Susan Sontag. Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. P&P Work in Progress, S&S Oral Presentation People are ransacking their attics and the archives of city and state historical societies for old photographs; ever more obscure or forgotten photographers are being rediscovered. (pg 119). 147). (pg. tags: cameras , photography. I applaud the fact that they ‘take a view’, rather than sitting on the sidelines. Susan Sontag was born in New York City on January 16, 1933. 62). 10). Photography is a great hobby. All trademarks and registered designs on Yatesweb and Mick Yates Photography are the property of their owners. ‘… that a society becomes ‘modern’ when one of its chief activities is producing and consuming images‘. This is the theme stated so eloquently in the finest essay ever written in praise of photography, Paul Rosenfeld’s chapter on Stieglitz in Port of New York. Our very sense of situation is now articulated by the camera’s interventions‘. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)? Falmouth MA Top Posts precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt.”, “The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt. 33). (pg. 1974. Please respect the copyright of all external materials, used for educational purposes only. (pg. be clenched, curious. (pg. It is not reality that photographs make immediately accessible, but images. ‘And no reality is exempt from appropriation, neither one that is scandalous (and should be corrected) nor one that is merely beautiful (or could be made so by the camera). 173). 22). 131). ‘Photographs make normative an experience of art that is mediated, second-hand, intense in a different way‘. ‘As John Szarkowski observes, ‘a skillful photographer can photograph anything well‘. ‘Photography in Europe was largely guided by notions of the picturesque (i.e., the poor, the foreign, the time-worn), the important (i.e., the rich, the famous), and the beautiful. I hope they inspire you. (pg. 173). (pg. Susan Sontag (1978). Although the activities of some photographers conform to the traditional notion of a fine art, the activity of exceptionally talented individuals producing discrete objects that have value in themselves, form the beginning photography has also lent itself to that notion of art which says that art is obsolete. To make oneself more numb. I will leave the reader to think of these what they may. 63). 41). Among these, she contrasts Diane Arbus's work with that of Depression-era documentary photography commissioned by the Farm Security Administration. 178). ‘Photography is the inventory of mortality. (pg. 53). Photography's inferior but inexorable version of reality is the bases of On Photography . Cameras define reality in the two ways essential to the workings of an advanced industrial society: as a spectacle (for masses) and as an object of surveillance (for rulers). ‘Most tourists feel compelled to put the camera between themselves and whatever is remarkable that they encounter. 155). There are some very pithy quotes which to be considered, and over time I have been collecting these. New York: Anchor Books. America, Seen Through Photographs, Darkly. The purpose of the project was to demonstrate the value of the people photographed. (pg. (pg. Pay attention. attention is vitality. Books of photography pile higher and higher – measuring the lost past (hence, the promotion of amateur photography), taking the temperature of the present. The camera's twin capacities, to subjectivise reality and to objectify it, ideally serve these needs as strengthen them. I find her work lacking in academic rigour, and very prone to deeply personal judgment – in fact, she and Roland Barthes have much in common on these two counts. To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed‘. 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