A “Language” Understood

‘Photography is the only “language” understood in all parts of the world, and bridging all nations and cultures, it links the family of man. Independent of political influence – where people are free – it reflects truthfully life and events, allows us to share in the hopes and despair of others, and illuminates political and social conditions. We become the eye-witness of the humanity and inhumanity of mankind …’

– Helmut Gernsheim, in Sontag On Photography (1977), p. 192

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