Sentence Elimination -Capturing Photographs

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Sentence Elimination- Capturing Photographs

  1. There are few more emotional ways to view history than through the lens of a camera.
  2. To take photographs is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in a face of fleeing reality.
  3. They are not about dialing for quotes or quick sound bites.
  4. Photographs convey the ultimate journalistic credo: to be present at the site of action at the right time, and alive to capture the fleeting moments that transform our lives.


  • Correct Answer
    Choice A

Detailed Solution

Sentence A declares that the most emotional way to view history is through photographs.

Sentence B talks of what taking a photograph involves.

Sentence C says what “they” are not about- quotes or sound bites.

Sentence D states that photographs convey the ultimate journalistic credo of being in action at the right place at the right time.

So what the ideas link the given sentences?

Sentences B and D share a common idea that photographs capture “fleeting moments” and “fleeing reality”.

Both sentences C and D relate to photo journalism. Sentence D talks of photographs conveying the “ultimate journalistic credo” of being at the site of action at the right time to capture moments that though short-lived, are life-changing. Sentence C clarifies what kind of journalism photos are not about- they aren’t about getting quotes or quick comments.

We see a common thread emerging here. In a paragraph, we could order sentence D first, as it talks of photos conveying the ideal of journalism, and then sentence C which talks about what kind of journalism photos aren’t about, and follow it up with sentence B, which talks of what taking photographs involves. DCB makes a cogent paragraph.

Sentence A is the only one that voices a completely different idea- photos as emotional ways of looking back at history. So this is the sentence to be eliminated.

Correct Answer: Choice (a)

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