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“Now, of course, man can only attempt to make something very, very positive by trying to beguile himself for a time by the way he behaves, by prolonging possibly his life by buying a kind of immortality through the doctors. You see, all art has now become completely a game by which man distracts himself; and you may say it has always been like that, but now it's entirely a game. And I think that that is the way things have changed, and what is fascinating now is that it's going to become much more difficult for the artist, because he must really deepen the game to be any good at all.”
From Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester in 1963, 1966 and 1979.


Foto van Francis Bacon door Bill Brandt, 1963.



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Verschenen in 1977 - niet echt van deze tijd - maar nog altijd interessant en stimulerend is Susan Sontag's 'On Photography'. Enkele citaten:

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”

“We have a modern notion of embellishment – beauty is not inherent in anything; it is to be found, by another way of seeing – as well as a wider notion of meaning, which photography’s many uses illustrate and powerfully reinforce."

Susan Sontag, On Photography, 1977.


Foto's: Bill Brandt,  
Hampstead, 1945; Untitled, 1953.