Excerpt: Books, Dec. 26, 1977

" Photography inevitably entails a certain patronizing of reality. From belling 'out there.' the world comes to be 'inside' photographs. Our heads are becoming like those magic boxes that Joseph Cornell filled with incongruous small objects whose provenance was a France he never once visited. Or like a hoard of old movie stills, of which Cornell amassed a vast collection, in the same Surrealist, spirit: as nostalgia-provoking relics of the original movie experience, as means of a token possession of the beauty of actors. But the relation of a still photograph to a film is intrinsically misleading. To quote from...

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