"For Death must be somewhere in a society; if it is no longer (or less intensely) in religion, it must be elsewhere; perhaps it this image which produces Death while trying to preserve life. Contemporary with the withdrawal of rites, Photography may correspond to the intrusion, in our modern society, of an asymbolic Death, outside of religion, outside of ritual, a kind of abrupt dive into literal Death. Life / Death: the paradigm is reduced to a simple click, the one separating the initial pose form the final print." ― Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
A quote from one of my favourite books/writers, but also referenced in this other blogpost.