It seems difficult to see a discussion about "stranger" without mentioning Diane Arbus who made a career of photographing strangers, or at least what she conceived would be considered strange by the normal society of the day. "I do feel I have some slight coma or something about the quality of things. I mean it’s very subtle and a little embarrassing to me, but I really believe there are things which nobody would see unless I photographed them" - Diane Arbus and her by now well known...."Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats." - Diane Arbus I think you can almost substitute the word "stranger" for freak for this thread. But her photos of these people weren't about alienation to me. She connected quite well, and in their lives they were not necessarily alienated from society. Its just that the society they inhabited was pretty much "stranger" to the larger society and a lot of viewers had a hard time relating to the photographs. But to me there is no greater total deconstruction of connecting to another being than Witkin's work with corpses. I find it hard to even write about it. Stranger in fact and symbol.