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REBECCA SOLNIT
[b. 1961] American writer
Perhaps the central question about [Eliot] Porter's work is about the relationship between science, aesthetics, and environmental politics. His brother, the painter and critic Fairfield Porter, wrote in a 1960 review of [Porter's] colour photographs: 'There is no subject and background, every corner is alive,' and this suggests what an ecological aesthetic might look like. - Rebecca Solnit - From the book: "Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics"

...the questions a photographer raises may be more profound than the answers the medium permits. - Rebecca Solnit

...the density of image bombardment has increased so much in my lifetime that it’s now very easy to ignore images, even images of extreme violence, sexuality, things that are shocking and sensational. - Rebecca Solnit

[On the] question of why we might want to look at images even more than the real thing: I think there is some quality when you look at an image of, not only seeing this thing, whether it’s the horse or the sky, but you are seeing somebody point at it and say, “Look!” - Rebecca Solnit

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