“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.” — Richard Avedon
“To photograph … turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed.” — Susan Sontag
Hard words in a way, and I can’t fully agree with Avedon or Sontag. But I do feel that there’s some truth to the idea that a photograph of a person is NOT a representation of that person as much as it’s a representation of an idea. The photograph is an object. The person is distinct from that object. Everything else is perception.