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Sontag, Flickr and Rethinking the Snapshot

July 13, 2007

As I was pondering On Photography, I ran into an older post by Bob Stein, intriguingly titled, “What would Susan Sontag make of Flickr?”

His commentary (prompted by John Berger’s 1978 essay, “The Uses of Photography”) discusses a new way of conceiving photography. In Berger’s words, “not so much as a reporter to the rest of the world but, rather, as a recorder for those involved in the events photographed.”

The ideas are compelling, forcing me to re-examine my own photographic practice. Take a look and let me know what you think…

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