Steve takes a look at Geoff Dyer's new book on photography The Ongoing Moment:
From the vantage point of the viewer, Dyer relates the caped figure to other similar figures in other photographs by other photographers such as Paul Strand, André Kertész and Steven Schapiro. This is the professed aim of the book: to look at how different people photographed the same thing. And not only anonymous figures, but hats, streets, doors, fences, steps, desert roads, girlfriends and blind people. He sees so many correlations that he begins to suspect “a strange rule in photography, namely that we never see the last of anyone or anything”. This might be a less melancholy reflection of Barthes’ observation of that “rather terrible thing which is there in every photograph: the return of the dead”.
(For all of Steve's review of The Ongoing Moment.)