like flies in amber

Posted in Photoblog, Photography by Rollfilm on September 3, 2006

Photography has a third character common with death; the snapshot, like death, is an instantaneous abduction of the object out of the world into another world, into another kind of time […]. The photographic take is immediate and definitive, like death […]. Photography is a cut inside the referent, it cuts off a piece of it, fragment, a pan object, for a long immobile travel of no return. Dubois remarks that with each photograph, a tiny piece of time brutally and forever escapes its ordinary fate, and thus is protected against its own loss. […] Peter Wollen states this in an apt simile: photography preserves fragments of the past ‘like flies in amber’. Not by chance, the photographic act […] has been frequently compared with shooting, and the camera with a gun.

Christian Metz – “Photography and Fetish” published in:

Carol Squiers: “The Critical Image: Essays on Contemporary Photography

“photos on films found in old cams” on


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  1. fufie said, on September 3, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    stealing souls is also an essential part of photography, I am collecting so I have something to barter with when it’s time for judgement 😉

    as for shooting, that’s what canons are for 🙂

    best regards,

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