~ norman bryson
~ leslie dick
"arbus’s interest in blindness was part of a more general fascination with what could not be seen in photographs. shortly before her death, arbus explained to [her] students that, having been ‘hipped on clarity’, she had come to relize ‘how i really love what you can’t see in a photograph. an actual physical darkness and it’s very thrilling for me to see darkness again’."
~ the ongoing moment, geoff dyer
"[stein] thought there was no point in roots if you couldn’t take them with you. how does one return? to a country, to a place of birth? to a location that reeks of remembered sensations?…the complexities of how we find ourselves entangled in relationships to countries, nationalities and people, to locations and to time and to the ensuing identifications…these aspects continue to be questioned in the work. what other possibilities for reflection emerge where what appears to be decay can be viewed as transmutating traces, shifting remains? how are we affected by chance circumstances, such as being born in a certain place at a certain time to certain parents? what kinds of memorials begin to appear to prevent the past from being buried?…what remains is what the poets found; poets - witnesses - found language as what remains, as what actually survives the possibility or impossibility of speaking."
~ thoughts from the atlas group, survival: ruminations on archival lacunae, reneé green, 2002