The Cruel Radiance of What Is

 

Die knowing something:

eggs (any style),

 

twenty shoes, standing in a row,

factory chimney seen

through the iron work of a railroad bridge,

the eye of a fly enlarged 2,000 times,

 

the interior of a watch.

 

Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop.

You are not here long.

 

 

 

Source: Phrases from quotes attributed to photographer Walker Evans and photo editor M.F. Agha in Belinda Rathbone, Walker Evans: A Biography (1995)

 

 

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