Trying to catch up on a serious backlog, I was just reading LensWork #24 (Feb-Apr 1999). In that issue is a piece called Letter To A Young Photographer by Michael A. Smith. In it, he says in all apparent seriousness,
Different cultures and centuries provide different experiences of the world. Yet there is a common thread that runs throughout all humanity. It explains why we still thrill to the music of Bach, and why we find the cave paintings so powerfully truthful, even in reproductions in art history textbooks.
He may have a point about Bach, but cave paintings? Powerfully truthful? Please.