Generally it was maintained that a human factor overrode the mechanical process; upon closer inspection, a human mark, the trace of a cultural act, could be discerned. Alphonse Lamartine wrote one such apologia: initially he had condemned the photograph as abject, a plagiarism of nature, utterly soulless; after seeing the work of Adam Salomon, he changed his mind and wrote a public retraction. He explained that the photograph needed to be seen as the result of the particular photographer’s labor. This was typical enough but went one better: the photographer worked principally with nature, to wit, the sun, Lamartine claimed, and left the machine out of it entirely.
text is from Molly Nesbit’s What Was An Author?
photograph is of a cat, name unknown, taken with a Canon 60D