Sante on photography

“Sometimes, looking at these cards, you come upon a picture that makes you feel as if its maker had just discovered photography, had made it up by himself from scratch. The American real photo postcard is a laboratory for the social uses of photography. If you could somehow assemble all the cards that were taken between 1905 and 1920, you would have a true mirror reflection, almost a one to one scale map of the non-urban United States then, in all its splendour and misery.”

From an excellent lecture by Luc Sante delivered at the School of Visual Arts MFA program in Art Writing and Criticism: “The Genius of the System

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