by Gaudenzio Marconi (1875)
"It is a nostalgic time rigth now, and photographs actively promote nostalgia. Photography is an elegiac art, a twiligth art. Most subjects photogtaphed are, just by virtue of being photographed, touched by phatos. An ugly or grotesque subject may be moving because it has been dignified by the attention of the photographer. A beautiful subject can be the object of rueful feelings, because it has aged or decayed or no longer exists. All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person´s (or thing´s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time´s relentless melt."
Susan Sontag in On Photography