Dalrymple writes in the new edition of the New Criterion about how a visit to a photographic exhibition in Arles has caused him to discover, for the first time, the power and profundity of photography:
What a fool I have been all these years not to appreciate the power of photography to act as a template for thought and reflection! How many other such idiocies have I been prey to? I fear it might be many. Now I even find myself preparing a book of photographs, to convey something that cannot be conveyed in any other way, at any rate not so economically or powerfully, and perhaps not at all.
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Dalrymple took many photographs during his extensive travels earlier in life (see for example the front and back covers of Sweet Waist of America). Might we see a new facet of his career?