Sunday, January 27, 2013

Photo as "a trace of something that has been"

Old House - Courtland AL 12/31/2012

What is incidental, banal and commonplace (it could be called the trivial realism of photography) is an important hallmark of most photographs – not only snapshots – compared with, say, paintings or drawings. Another is the special relationship of the photograph to time; the fact that it is a trace of something which has been.
- Mette Sandbye, "Photographic Anamnesia: The Past in the Present" in: Symbolic Imprints. Essays on Photography and Visual Culture (1999). (Aarhus Universitetsforlag, Aarhus) pp. 180-201