What I find most interesting about Wall's discussion about photography and photographs is that we have been hearing roughly the same "Photography is on the verge of/finally free to explore its etc etc etc" stuff essentially since the beginning of photography. I find it fascinating (and Sontag found it equally fascinating in the 1970s) that photographers of a certain sort feel apparently compelled to argue for photography as Fine Art, as Art on the same footing as everything else. Sometimes the words change around a bit, now we have photography participating in the dialectic between high and low genres (it seems to *me* that photography's been doing this for 150 years already, but I am not very sophisticated), but the thrust is the same: Photography is legitimate, it is, it it, it is!
Every year seems to be the year that photography has finally achieved this.
Which is, well, a little odd, isn't it?