Chapter 17

Both Sides Now

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ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS HAVE HEARD THE PHRASE, “Everything has been photographed.” It’s a comment that implicitly says that there is nothing new to photograph, and also implies: so why waste your time doing it?

It turns out that most things have, indeed, been photographed. But that ignores two obvious facts: one, not all things have been photographed, just most things; and two, it’s not what has been photographed, but how it has been photographed. It’s the equivalent of pointing out that lots of words have been written (in any given language), so there’s no point in writing a novel. Obviously it’s not the words, but the way ...

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