|Posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:30 AM|
'Photography signaled the beginning of a time when the "image would become more important than the object itself, and would in fact make the object disposable." [Oliver Wendell] Holmes foresaw a time when surfaces would be routinely appropriated from any conceivable source, and would then take on an autonomous, yet objective, life of their own. "Form," he proclaimed, "is henceforth divorced from matter. In fact, matter as a visible object is of no great use any longer, except as the mould on which form is shaped." The cord between aspect and materiality has been severed.'
Ewen, Stuart. All consuming images: the politics of style in contemporary culture ( Basic books, 1988 )