“Photography does not simply reproduce the real, it recycles it — a key procedure of modern society.”
--Susan Sontag


“Since the light of the star which was daguerreotyped took twenty years to traverse the space separating it from the earth, the ray which was fixed on the plate had consequently left the celestial sphere a long time before Daguerre had discovered the process by means of which we have just gained control of this light.”

Susan Sontag:

“America, that surreal country, is full of found objects. Our junk has become art. Our junk has become history.”

“Photography does not simply reproduce the real, it recycles it — a key procedure of modern society.”

“In a world that is well on its way to becoming one vast quarry, the collector becomes someone engaged in a pious work of salvage. The course of modern history having already sapped the traditions and shattered the living wholes in which precious objects once found their place, the collector may now in good conscience go about excavating the choicer, more emblematic fragments.”

“In the past, a discontent with reality expressed itself as a longing for another world. In modern society, a discontent with reality expresses itself forcefully and most hauntingly by the longing to reproduce this one.”

“That most logical of nineteenth-century aesthetes, Mallarmé, said that everything in the world is made to end in a book. Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”

“Whatever the moral claims made on behalf of photography, its main effect is to convert the world into a department store or museum-without-walls in which every subject is depreciated into an article of consumption.”

“Less and less does the work of art depend on being a unique object, an original made by an individual artist.”

“What we have left of Whitman’s discredited dream of cultural revolution are paper ghosts and a sharp-eyed program of despair.”

“The final reason for the need to photograph everything lies in the very logic of consumption itself. To consume means to burn, to use up — and, therefore, to need to be replenished. As we make images and consume them, we need still more images; and still more.”

“Some photographers set up as scientists, others as moralists.”

Roland Barthes:

“History is hysterical: it is constituted only if we consider it, only if we look at it— and in order to look at it, we must be excluded from it.”

“Is landscape itself only a kind of loan made by the owner of the terrain?”

“The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition ... always new books, new programs, new films, news items — but always the same meaning.”

“Do I add to the images in movies? I don’t think so; I don’t have time: in front of a screen, I am not free to shut my eyes; otherwise, opening them again, I would not discover the same image; a host of other qualities, but not pensiveness.”

“… from a phenomenological viewpoint, the cinema begins to differ from the Photograph; for the (fictional) cinema combines two poses: the actor’s ‘this-has-been’ and the role’s, so that (something I would not experience before a painting) I can never see or see again in a film certain actors whom I know to be dead without a kind of melancholy: the melancholy of Photography itself (I experience this same emotion listening to the recorded voices of dead singers).”

“… Death must be somewhere in society; if it is no longer (or less intensely) in religion, it must be elsewhere; perhaps in theses images which produce Death while trying to preserve life.”

“Perhaps we have an invincible resistance to believing in the past, in History, except in the form of myth.”

“What characterizes the so-called advances societies is that they today consume images and no longer, like those of the past, beliefs.”

Les Levine:
“If all that art does is create good and bad taste then it has failed completely.”

General Hux:
“Today is the end of the Republic. The end of a regime that acquiesces to disorder. At this very moment in a system far from here, the New Republic lies to the galaxy while secretly supporting the treachery of the rogues of the Resistance. This fierce machine which you have built, upon which we stand, will bring an end to the Senate, to their cherished fleet. All remaining systems will bow to the First Order and will remember this as the last day of the Republic!”

Everyone, ever:
“I have a bad feeling about this.”