The power of the artless photograph is that the subjects look you in the eye. If they don't, if the subjects are distracted, looking elsewhere, enfolded on themselves, it is a mistake, a bad photograph. The whole aim of this kind of photograph is to capture the look, the instantaneous bond created by the child presenting itself to its parents: here I am, look at me. In this way the photograph, at the same time as it becomes public, a text, a document, also remains private, secret, a hidden treasure. For the photograph only shows the child looking at the camera, whereas the real look is reciprocal. Only the parents can know the truth of the look, because only they were there.
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