PRINT February 1984


Why should a change of paradigm be called a revolution? In the face of the vast and essential differences between political and scientific development, what parallelism can justify that metaphor that finds revolutions in both? . . . [Our models or paradigms enable us] not only to know nature [which] is too complex and varied to be explored at random . . . but also [give us] some of the directions essential for map-making. . . . What a man sees depends both upon what he looks at and also upon what his previous visual-conceptual experience has taught him to see.

—Thomas S. Kuhn1


For Women’s Wear Daily Helmut Newton photographed two women, their legs, against a grand ancient city street. The women, being fashion models, are desirable and untouchable. This is that time which is separate from the observer, that time which is enclosed: time gone.

The past’s over. It’s an image. You can’t

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