This five page paper examines the tribute provided in Words of Light by Eduardo Cadava to the Hibernia Bank, the bank that was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Cadava's photography is presented as a ghost from history, a ghost that keeps the bank living and thriving although it no longer exists.
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the photo of the Hibernia Bank keeps us reminded of the bank as it was before its fall in the Earthquake of 1906. JGAhiber.rtf Words of Light and
the Wreckage of the Hibernia Bank 10/2002 to Use This Paper Properly, INTRODUCTION This paper
compares the wreckage of the Hibernia Bank in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to Eduardo Cadavas Words of Light, a series of theses on photography. Comparing photographs as ghosts
of history or of dead things somehow that keep on living, Cadavas words remind us that the photo of the Hibernia Bank keeps us reminded of the bank as it
was before its fall in the Earthquake of 1906. CADAVAS WORDS OF LIGHT Eduardo Cadavas Words of Light contains several different theses describing his feelings about photography and photographs.
These literary vignettes are like so many photographs themselves, each succinct thesis representing a moment in time, much like that of a photograph. His words capture a feeling,
a thought, and hold them there for all time, frozen in the moment. Is this not the same as a photograph, capturing for all to see one moment in
time that shall never change in the viewer (or readers) mind? To liken Cadavas words to the photograph of the wreckage of the Hibernia Bank is to compare two different
media that have much the same result. The Hibernia Bank was photographed in a moment of time as it stood in ruins, right after the San Francisco earthquake (and
subsequent fire) of 1906. These ruins will stand forever the same in the viewers mind, even though the bank was later rebuilt. Viewing the photograph of the