What Light Can Do

In his first collection of essays in more than 25 years, Robert Haas considers subjects that include photography, the relationship between art and violence, and our relationship with the natural world. Interspersed with photos and characterized by the author's unparalleled erudition, this volume perfectly illustrates Hass's claim that "the deepest response to a work of art is, in fact, another work of art."

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