The Power of Photography

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The Power of Photography


“Welcome to the exhibition Grand Illusions: Staged Photography from the Met Collection, where you’ll find your eyes wandering and your imagination running loose. At the exhibition’s entrance, you’ll see a lady in white, the Countess of Castiglione, in Pierre-Louis Pierson’s La Frayeur. After losing myself in the Museum for three hours on an ordinary Tuesday, I found myself entranced by this lady in white. Clearly, she is a woman of finer taste: her dress is posh and hair exquisite. But, it was her pose that drew me in. I wondered, “What’s wrong? Why is she running away?” And, as an afterthought, ‘Was it her fault?'”