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An aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted

“Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution.”

Susan Sontag 1977

It is worth dwelling on the date of the Susan Sontag quote. This was long before the digital age.

What should the response of a “serious” photographer be?