Review of Photographic Memory

Edited by Jalal Toufic

Editor's Foreword

Reviewing a Picture worth a Thousand Words

"One way of accepting the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" regarding some photograph is to take it to mean that that photograph initially arrested the photographer's interior monologue for the interval during which on average a thousand words pass through his or her mind. It is only such as picture that is worth subsequently writing a thousand words about. 

A good number of such pictures in the Arab Image Foundation's collection still await those who "say in ten sentences what everyone says in a book - what everyone does not say in a book" (Nietzsche). In addition to new arresting photographic and visual works, AIF welcomes such imaginary photographs (Borges: "It is a laborious madness and an impoverishing one, the madness of composing vast books - setting out in five hundred pages an idea that can be perfectly related orally in five minutes. The better way to go about it is to pretend that those books already exist, and offer a summary, a commentary on them, I have chosen to write notes on imaginary books. These notes are Tl̦n, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius' and A Survey of the works of Herbert Quain'".)."

Jalal Toufic, 2004. 


The publication also includes:

A text and video stills from the editor's works

An interview with the Atlas Group (Walid Raad)

A photographic portfolio by Fouad el Khoury 


Published by the Arab Image Foundation.

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