Love & Desire

Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1999

Themes of love and desire seem to permeate photography, but being interior, emotional states they are impossible to photograph directly: they must always be inferred from actions and gestures, sign and symbols. Of course we automatically associate certain kinds of behavior – kisses, embraces, held hands and so on – with loving and desirous behavior, but passion may also be feigned, and much deeply felt emotion between people passes unnoticed by all but the keenest observer. Happily, though, many of these observers are also photographers. And as a bonus for those who delight in photography’s surreal capacity, they are often equipped with a wry sense of humour. (Faurer 147; Walker 181).

William A. Ewing