I started re-reading Mark Halperin's epic A Soldier of the Great War for other reasons, but then I found this sentence and it turns out this is what I was looking for. The narrator, once an art historian-slash-aesthetician, declares, "The behavior of light is to aesthetics what physics is to engineering."
A curator I knew insisted that the reason the golden age of New York photography ended -- by the mid-1950s -- is that the air got clean. Less coal, less haze, less particulate matter, equals less interesting photographs. This was before fotolog.Posted by dbrown at January 02, 2005 11:30 AM