On Photography

On Photography

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First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images which are continually inserted between experience and reality. Sontag develops further the concept of 'transparency'. When anything can be photographed and photography has destroyed the boundaries and definitions of art, a viewer can approach a photograph freely with no expectations of discovering what it means. This collection of six lucid and invigorating essays, the most famous being "In Plato's Cave", make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.

Title:On Photography
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780141187167
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    On Photography Reviews

  • Trevor (I sometimes get notified of comments)

    This was terribly interesting, but I think you needed to know a little more than Sontag explained to understand where she is coming from in all this. The important thing to remember is that Plato want...

  • Amari

    I found this book utterly maddening. I'm giving it four stars not for the content itself, but for the quality of thinking I did while reading. I'm rather surprised not to have found any comments in ot...

  • Steven Godin

    In Plato’s Cave - 5/5America, Seen ThroughPhotographs, Darkly - 4/5Melancholy Objects - 5/5The Heroism of Vision - 4/5Photographic Evangels - 5/5The Image-World - 5/5The above six essays simply make...

  • Michael

    Written in cool and caustic prose, On Photography consists of seven meditations on the medium's ethics, social uses, and history. Sontag drops epigram after epigram, aphorism after aphorism, in these ...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    On Photography, Susan SontagFirst published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images which are continually inserted between experience and reality. Sontag develops further the conc...

  • Maciek

    I've never read anything by Susan Sontag, but encountered mentions of her book On Photography numerous times in various contexts. It's hailed as "one of the most highly regarded books of its kind". I ...

  • Prerna

    The camera as a phallus. What an idea! Outrageous, scandalous, sexy and with a great degree of truth. We're all image junkies, living in an age where we try to mark our development through a series of...

  • Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun)

    It’s like there are questions and shadows in the periphery of my vision, and Susan Sontag puts both hands on my shoulders and turns me to face them head on....

  • Mackenzie M-B

    Step one: buy this book. Step two: find a writing utensil Step three: go on the subway/metro/pvta and go!you will want to underline just about every sentence because it is life changing. You will want...

  • Lus

    I was fond of photography (no disappearance on that side!) It was the first book dealing with photography, which is not technical, that I read. I remember something deep, complex, which helped me to p...