The premise of this LIFE Magazine feature is worth questioning. Do photographs actually "change" the world? Or, as Sugimoto suggests, are they fossils from the beginning, the material afterlife of the "change"?
It is proper that in every case it's possible to give these images a historical value. Is it now possible to call an event "historical" without a photograph to commemorate it? Does history now spring from photographs?
[From Open Culture]