Friday, September 30, 2016


  In the family the distinction
  between treasure and the true
  thing is characteristically
  lost in the imagery conserved.
  This violation of a pillar of
  Western thought is exonerated
  as wholly innocent, for which
  verdict the pioneering photo-
  grapher Clarence Hudson White
  supplied the evidence. At the
  age of 34, White made a photo
  portrait of a domestic figure 
  with a sheaf of camera work.

  Possibly he supplied the ex-
  ample in each case: a house,
  a raft of images, a treasurer.

  And we ask democracy to sort
  the difference? Not really.
  We ask democracy to preserve
  the question; and for this,
  we inculcate a taste for it.

Clarence White

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