Lying is the most simple form of self-defence.
For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied.
Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection; that its militants thought it universal is only one of the signs that it is typically bourgeois.
What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.
So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.
To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt.
The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction or duplication.
Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.
The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.
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