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Diane Arbus

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We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want To Die (repost)

(Update 2/23/2016) I’ve been thinking about the passing  of Umberto Eco last week. His writings were an inspiration. In 2010 I wrote a piece quoting his essay on the nature of lists. It’s effortless for me to connect his discussion on the nature of lists to the act of photography itself. “Umberto Eco says we like lists because we don’t want to die; because it … Continue reading

The On Shadow Interview

I had the opportunity to sit down with photographer Ken Schles a few weeks ago to discuss some ideas that had recently been bouncing round my head and how they related to some of the ideas discussed in his books.  We started talking as soon as I arrived at his home, but I wasn’t able … Continue reading

we like lists because we don’t want to die

Umberto Eco says “we like lists because we don’t want to die; because it is what we do to bring order and comprehension to a world that touches on the infinite.” Eco says he likes lists “for the same reason other people like football or pedophilia.” To describe something is to make a list. Most early forms … Continue reading