I personally have been in search of the photographic soul for many years now, and I find that it keeps turning up in a variety of styles and approaches. I suppose it might be easier for a photographic artist to misplace his or her soul these days, especially given the enormous amounts of money being paid for photo-based contemporary art. But I think it's also necessary to give artists the leeway to use new technology and explore where that technology takes them. I think that Plagens is wrong in assuming that photographers using film could only photograph the reality in front of the camera--many artists used film photography in other ways, very successfully. But fundamentally, I look at the pieces in the contemporary art show at the Met, and I think, "What is He Talking About?" There is a lot of reality to be seen there--though not always framed in the classic 35mm way of Life magazine. The photography of Rineke Dijkstra (above, her "Kolobrzeg, Pland, 1992") and Adam Fuss couldn't be more photographic. In essence he seems to be covering old ground about the validity of work by artists like Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince, who comment on the self-sustaining power of modern commercial imagery itself.