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– Illness as Metaphor, 1978

“My subject is not physical illness itself but the uses of illness as a figure or metaphor. My point is that illness is not a metaphor, and that the most truthful way of regarding illness– and the healthiest way of being ill– is one most purified of, most resistant to, metaphoric thinking.”

– On Photography, 1977

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”