100 words, including the quote by Susan Sontag.
Photographs are important in judging social change. They allow us to connect with past events and past feelings. Susan Sontag suggests that ‘Remembering is an ethical act, has value in and of itself.’ and continues ‘Memory is, achingly, the only connection we can have with the dead.’ This is hard to comprehend, but strikingly true. We remember in feelings, sights and sounds, and nothing conjures these quite like a photograph. For this reason, images of atrocities are often hard to look at because we know they are real and that somebody was there to witness them.