Regarding the Pain of Others

Susan Sontag

"And photographs of the victims of war are themselves a species of rhetoric. They reiterate. They simplify. They agitate. They create the illusion of consensus."

 

p. 6

"No "we" should be taken for granted when the subject is looking at other people's pain."

 

p. 7

"The more remote or exotic the place, the more likely we are to have full frontal views of the dead and dying."

p. 70

"These sights carry a double message. They show a suffering that is outrageous, unjust, and should be repaired. They confirm that this is the sort of thing which happens in that place. The ubiquity of those photographs, and those horrors, cannot help but nourish belief in the inevitability of tragedy in the benighted or backward-that is, poor-parts of the world."

 

p. 71

© Kyuwon Lee, 2020.