Photographs are essential for remembering past events, since ”to remember is, more and more, not to recall a story but to be able to call up a picture (Susan Sontag, p89). The problem however is not that people remember through photographs, but that they remember only the photographs” (89). Sontag’s conviction that there is amnesia regarding events without pictures in not entirely convincing at this point, since certain important speeches or events that occurred before photography was invented are still remembered. However, the importance of photographs cannot be denied, especially as society moves ever further away from having significant unphotographed events as a result of the discussion and affordability of technology. As noted by Walter Benjamin, history decays into images, not stories.

Sontag ‘Regarding the pain of others’, 2003