Susan Sontag explains how and why photographs came to grip us so powerfully:
‘Humankind lingers unregenerately in Plato’s cave, still reveling, its age-old habit, in mere images of the truth. But being educated by photographs is not like being educated by older, more artisanal images. For one thing, there are a great many more images around, claiming our attention…’
Plato’s Cave is a powerful graphic image because it depicts how false perception can blind our minds. Do you think there’s a more powerful image than it? You might find one in Biblical paintings and images.