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Photographs, which cannot themselves explain anything,

are inexhaustible invitations to deductions, speculations, and fantasy. […] The very muteness of what is, hypothetically, comprehensible in photographs is what constitutes their attraction and provocativeness. [Susan Sontag

The photograph is not a picture of, but an object about something.

[Robert Heineken

A picture is after all only a picture, a concrete kind of fiction

not to be admitted as hard evidence or as the quantifiable data of social scientists.

[John Szarkowski

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