Matt Black • New Yorker

Sunday, 29 March 2015

“Sontag understood photographs of conflict to be making a utilitarian argument—that they could bring us into a state of productive shock—and showed that they seldom did what they claimed, or hoped, to do. The more photographs shock, the more difficult it is for them to be pinned to their local context, and the more easily they are indexed to our mental library of generic images. What, then, are we to do with a thrilling photograph that is at the same time an image of pain?” Teju Cole • New York Times