More real than the real thing.
Hailed as the great documentary medium, has photography made us any the wiser about the world we live in nearly two centuries on from its invention? Or instead—thanks to the extraordinary profusion of images, whether on the front pages of newspapers reporting from disaster zones or on Twitter feeds documenting everyday lives in excruciating detail—has photography shown us too much reality, freezing our sympathies and arresting our ability to act on what we see? Can we still bear to look?
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