Photography Quote of the Week – Susan Sontag 2

“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. 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.”
Susan Sontag, On Photography

4 thoughts on “Photography Quote of the Week – Susan Sontag 2

  1. PIPA Fine Art

    I’m not sure if it makes them angry but I do feel it throws them off a little in the see you taking a photo. I usually smile immediately and approach them afterwards bearing a compliment of their moment. I also ask for permission to post it. Most of the time I find people are calmed by the explanation and greeting.

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