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Contemplating these images, I am forcefully reminded of an ambiguous line in ’s pioneering essay On Photography. “A photograph is not an opinion. Or is it?” A photograph frames, angles, selects and focuses as any work of art must do, but it also at some level reflects an objective visual reality, beyond an individual’s control. Making space and time eternal, a photograph shows in two dimensions what materially exists in four, and in this limited respect it shows us the documentary truth. The greatest photographs leapfrog into a fifth dimension and achieve the suggestive poetry of art.
Don Giannatti's Musings: 28 Essays On Photography
In his essay on photography in the Second World War, the publisher of the book, SPIEGEL editor Michael Sontheimer, takes the view of Walter Benjamin, a Berlin Jew who took his life in 1940 while fleeing the Nazis. "Doesn't the photographer," asked Benjamin long before the war, "have the obligation to expose the guilty with his photos?"