Viewfinder explores photography’s role in the search for identity. Minor White said that “all photographs are self-portraits,” and “each photograph was a mirror of myself.” A photographer sometimes hides behind the camera, the lens becoming his or her face. If you want to see that person, you must look at his or her photographs.
The themes of time and mortality are also present in Viewfinder: the identities of the subjects have been forgotten and only their photos remain. As Susan Sontag said, “All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” These words are especially relevant to today’s instantly and continuously photographed world.