The Thing Itself response

In this excerpt from “The Photographer’s Eye” Szarkowski outlines the differences that a photographer creates between the photo and its subject which causes the photo to overall be more important than what it documents. He explains that photographs carry unrealistic clarity and show a very specific perspective. While the photographer is taking the photo he can see the motion of the scenery and has almost infinite possibilities on what he chooses to photograph from his environment. This means that Photos not only document a scene, but reflect on the thoughts of the photographer making it artistic and showing the image that they imagined. The portrayal of the scene is determined by the photographer and the viewer absorbs it as fact and remembers it as shown rather than if they had been there physically and observed it. All these ideas he has about photography are to support his main argument that photographs can have a bigger influence on memory than the actual experience.

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