Brittany Wright • Demilked

Saturday, 2 May 2015

“When he visited the Plumbe National Daguerrian Gallery in Manhattan in 1846, Walt Whitman was astonished. ‘What a spectacle!’ he wrote. ‘In whichever direction you turn your peering gaze, you see nought but human faces! There they stretch, from floor to ceiling—hundreds of them.’ In the seven years between the invention of the daguerreotype and Whitman’s visit to Plumbe’s, the medium had become popular enough to generate an impressive, and even hectic, stream of images. Now, toward the end of photography’s second century, that stream has become torrential.” Teju Cole • New York Times