Images ad nauseum

Michael Riley (mriley@ADMIN.AURORA.EDU)
Fri, 5 Jan 1996 11:29:47 -0600

I guess it's time to move on -- this will be my last word on this, but I do
feel a need to respond briefly to Martin Cohen's take on what photographs
are. The equating of photographs and food is a weak one; stemming from the
ongoing confusion between photographs and the things they represent.
Photographs are not their subjects, nor can they be purely indexical, but
they are mediated representations and their "readers" are active. It all
reminds me of the surrealist painter Rene Magritte's painting which depicts
what looks like a pipe, together with the words "this is not a pipe."