"Surrealism lies at the heart of the photographic enterprise: in the very creation of a duplicate world, of a reality in the second degree, narrower but more dramatic than the one perceived by natural vision. The less doctored, the less patently crafted, the more naive—the more authoritative the photograph was likely to be."
(Submitted by Roy Feldman)
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Don Norris: "I think that, taken out of the context of the paragraph in which Sontag makes these statements, the quotation could be misleading. They are the paragraph’s last two sentences and give us its conclusion. The paragraph’s first sentence gives us its subject and context: 'That photography is the only art that is natively surreal does not mean, however, that it shares the destinies of the Surreal movement.' Her point is that, because photography is naturally surreal (i.e., super-real), attempts to make it 'super-real' by using Surrrealistic methods such as solarized photographs, photograms, and photomontages failed. 'The mainstream of photographic activity has shown that a Surrealistic manipulation…of the real is unnecessary, if not actually redundant,' she states. So the 'Surreal' that begins the quotation is a really small-s surreal, which makes the quotation make perfect sense."