The Image-World


Sontag, Susan. ‘The Image-World’ On Photography (London: Penguin Books,  1979)


[On the contrary,] the new age of unbelief strengthened the allegiance to images. The credence that could no longer be given to realities understood in the form of images was now given to realities understood to be images, illusions.

[In the preface to the second edition (1843) of The Essence of Christianity,] Feuerbach observes about “our era” that it “prefers the image to the thing, the copy to the original, the representation to the reality, appearance to being” – while being aware of doing just that.

For the images that have virtually unlimited authority in a modern society are mainly photographic images; and the scope of that authority stems


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