to wit, the sun.

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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.

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text is from Molly Nesbit’s What Was An Author?

photograph is of a cat, name unknown, taken with a Canon 60D

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