Really love this argument, which seems to be that photography helps establish the idea of “lots of other people in your society” which, in turn, helps you understand your own role as a citizen. So that raises the question: How did that work before photography? How has our conception of “everybody else in my country” changed?
This image, linked to from the first post, is also terrific.
And it all makes me think of Nick Calcott’s writing about photography at On Shadow, which deserves more time and response — to come!