„In an initial period, Photography, in order to surprise, photographs the notable; but soon, by a familiar reversal, it decrees notable whatever it photographs. The 'anything whatever' then becomes the sophisticated acme of value.“

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critique littéraire français 1915 - 1980
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„Who photographs kebabs?“

—  Bill Bailey English comedian, musician, actor, TV and radio presenter and author 1964

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