As an extension of the eye, the camera writes the light according to its own inhuman, mechanical terms. The photographic ability to describe the world objectively not only renders indistinguishable the perceptible and the imperceptible but also makes visible the hidden commerce of things across the depths of perception. By considering a set of photographs, this essay demonstrates how the visible world captured by the camera helps reveal what may be called the baroque order of things—a paradise in which things seen and unseen fold and unfold in universal harmony.

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