like flies in amber
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 westfordcomp.com