October 2015

When I first began to write about pictures two decades ago, I used to joke that the pain of acquiring reproduction rights, like that of giving birth, could be undergone twice only by someone who’d forgotten how much it hurt the first time. I still think there’s something to the analogy, but these days I’m more inclined to think about the costs of the operation and the arbitrary system that underlies them.

–Ruth Bernard Yeazell, “Who Owns the Art?