PRINT May 1979

What’s All This About Photography?

The photograph is married to the eye,

Grafts on its bride one-sided skins of truth;

The dream has sucked the sleeper of his faith

That shrouded men might marrow as they fly.

“YOU SEE, BUT YOU do not observe. The distinction is clear.” Sherlock Holmes had a rather irritatingly lofty way of bringing home this observation to everybody, not least of all to poor Watson, so frequently portrayed with mouth agape in befuddlement or surprise and then, finally, with the gleam of understanding dawning on the distant horizon of his sight. Indeed, the distinction is clear, and much of the fascination of the Holmes stories resides in the amazing ability of the celebrated detective to squeeze the last ounce of significance out of the most unpromising material. Among the many anxieties which Conan Doyle masterfully manipulates is the rarely conscious fear of almost all of us that we are missing something,

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