Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"Like a Set of Art-Historical Police Reports"

"There's purpose to Morris' playful mix of the prurient and the pedantic (as he puts it), and if his Sam Spade labors ultimately fail to resolve certain factual disputes, well, that's sort of the point. As he summarizes one of his book's central tenets: 'The concepts of naturalness, authenticity, and posing are all slippery slopes that when carefully examined become hopelessly vague.'"

Reed Johnson in the Los Angeles Times reviews Errol Morris's Believing Is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography).

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