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    Roland Barthes
    “Ultimately — or at the limit — in order to see a photograph well, it is best to look away or close your eyes. 'The necessary condition for an image is sight,'Janouch told Kafka; and Kafka smiled and replied: 'We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes.”
    Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

  • #2
    Roland Barthes
    “In front of the photograph of my mother as a child, I tell myself: she is going to die: I shudder, like winnicott's psychotic patient, over a catastrophe which has already occurred. Whether or not the subject is already dead, every photograph is this catastrophe.”
    Roland Barthes

  • #3
    Roland Barthes
    “Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.”
    Roland Barthes

  • #4
    Roland Barthes
    “...language is never innocent.”
    Roland Barthes

  • #5
    Roland Barthes
    “When we define the Photograph as a motionless image, this does not mean only that the figures it represents do not move; it means that they do not (i)emerge(i), do not (i)leave(i): they are anesthetized and fastened down, like butterflies.”
    Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

  • #6
    Roland Barthes
    “Eiffel saw his Tower in the form of a serious object, rational, useful; men return it to him in the form of a great baroque dream which quite naturally touches on the borders of the irrational ... architecture is always dream and function, expression of a utopia and instrument of a convenience.”
    Roland Barthes, The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies

  • #7
    Roland Barthes
    “Am I in love? --yes, since I am waiting. The other one never waits. Sometimes I want to play the part of the one who doesn't wait; I try to busy myself elsewhere, to arrive late; but I always lose at this game. Whatever I do, I find myself there, with nothing to do, punctual, even ahead of time. The lover's fatal identity is precisely this: I am the one who waits.”
    Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse: Fragments



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