“It is so easy with these technologies to believe you are Baudelaire’s ‘painter of modern life’, the ironic flâneur capturing the passing life of the modern world, or a latter-day Atget, but really you are the servant of a computerised eye. Instagram’s apparent claim of ownership of every image on its site would actually be a logical next step, for the reality is that no individuality exists in the creation of digital images.”
“The age of innocence is long over in photography. There have been way too many photographs made for anyone to be able to innocently take a picture anywhere. Yet all too often we go about photography — the making of as much as the looking at — as if all of that stuff in the medium’s history never happened. That can’t be. It can’t be for cultural and/or societal reasons, and it can’t be for photographic reasons.”
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
– T. S. Eliot (1934)