Photographs are illusions. In a popular text from 1980, the American essayist Susan Sontag compares the photographic image with the shadow play in the famous cave of the philosopher Plato. In spirit this would make the Greek thinker of the fifth century BC the first photographer in world history. Plato’s parable of the prisoners in a dark cave, who only...
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