"No matter how artful the photographer, no mater how carefully posed his subject, the beholder feels an irresistible compulsion to search such a picture for the tiny spark of contingency, the here and now, with which reality has, so to speak, seared through the image-character of the photographer, to find the inconspicuous place where, with the suchness of that long-past minute, the future nests still today—and so eloquenty that we, looking back, may rediscover it. For it is another nature that speaks to the camera rather than to the eye; ‘other’ above all in the sense that a space informed by human consciousness gives way to one informed by the unconscious."
–Walter Benjamin, “Little History of Photography”
"It is not only possible to verbalize about photographs but important to do so, for they are mighty indicators of cultural assumptions. While meaning cannot always be definitely ascribed, meaning can be adduced, deduced, and produced. The photograph as a presence to be contemplated in pleasurable silence will survive even the most rigorous examination."