from camera lucida (i return to barthes)

“It was the chemists. For the noeme ‘That-has-been’ was possible only the day when a scientific circumstance (the discovery that silver halogens were sensitive to light) made it possible to recover and print directly the luminous rays emitted by a variously lighted object. The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent… The photograph of the missing being, as Sontag says, will touch me like the delayed rays of a star.”

and

“’imago lucis opera expressa’; which is to say: image…’extracted’…by the action of light.”

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