Neither Fish nor Flesh

Against the notion of chance that Robin Kelsey proposes as the opening to a new conception of photography and its relationship to history, this response argues for attention to the apparatuses that strive to "cope with chance" and guarantee meaning-apparatuses whose effective purpose is precisely not to be undone by chance and not to be reminded of their contingent and arbitrary nature-in other words, of their historicity. This opens another kind of encounter with the historicity of the photographic image, as sliding from frame to frame, never quite fitting any of them, the photograph shows itself as an elusive opening, the ground of irreducibly heterogeneous and radically incommensurable stakes-never just one definitive and well-flagged stake driven into the ground at some singular moment in the past.