PRINT December 1988


HAW ANYONE DWELT ON the peculiar thing about kissing? Here’s an intimate human act carried out between two partners whose lips are certainly puckered but whose eyes are also closed. The dictionaries fail to notice this detail, as if it were trivial, and inessential to the main action. However, at the moment they approach to kiss each other, in respect, greeting, departure, love, or comfort—those familiar social gestures—our fellow beings ritually blind themselves. As their mouths touch, rendering them speechless, they restrict their sensory input, becoming vulnerable to each other in all but their tactile contact. This is odd.

Imagine, now, a photographic exhibition devoted to the theme “. . . a kiss is just a kiss,” in token of the nostalgic song we all remember. The visual possibilities are juicy but they depend on who organizes the show—I, for one, would not care to linger over any result

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