Proust on Photography

‘Proust himself was deeply ambivalent about photography and its interference with the emotional “truth” of a memory-infused observation, writing that “a photograph acquires something of the dignity which it ordinarily lacks when it ceases to be a reproduction of reality and shows us things that no longer exist”.’  Guardian, leader column, Saturday 18th February 2017

Photo: Cambridge Cattle Market 1987

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2 Responses to Proust on Photography

  1. Sue B-H says:


  2. brianhuman says:

    Indeed. I think photographs do take on a particular value as historical document, but he goes too far. His view is not consistent with the value we attach to photojournalism, but that did not exist in his day.

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