Can you identify this esoteric film/photography theory quote?
October 24, 2010 10:15 AM Subscribe
"The gunsight frames an image for destruction, whereas the camera's viewfinder frames one image for preservation, and all other possible images for destruction." Help me find the source of this paraphrased quote?
posted by Alterscape to Education (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm pretty sure the quote was either a from a reading in one of my undergrad documentary film history courses, or a photography reading from one of my early graduate media history/theory courses. I've skimmed the likely suspects in the course packets and textbooks I still have, and can't find it, and the professors I'm still in contact with can't place it. The context was definitely a discussion on the "objectivity" of the film image, probably as relates do the ontology of documentary film. It might've been a verbal comment by a professor, which would explain why I can't find it in print, but I'm pretty sure even if spoken during a class lecture, it was attributed to somebody. Google can't find anything even close. HelpMe?