Karen Storr Film.

Photography appears an agent of death for many reasons: the fact that photography reflects necessarily a no longer existing past; individuals die off, generation after generation moves farther away from being able to identify whom the photos represent. Barthes talks about his own death and how “that-has-been” of his mothers photograph, will also disappear because he will be its last witness. At some point in every photograph’s lifespan, those who can give real reference to the image fade away, and along with them, any definitive tie the image has to the past.