On Photography

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Macmillan, 1977 - Art - 208 pages
24 Reviews
Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism.

One of the most highly regarded books of its kind, On Photography first appeared in 1977 and is described by its author as “a progress of essays about the meaning and career of photographs.” It begins with the famous “In Plato’s Cave”essay, then offers five other prose meditations on this topic, and concludes with a fascinating and far-reaching “Brief Anthology of Quotations.”
  

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User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

The first 2-3 essays of the book are just astonishing. I've been perusing Sontag's journals for the past year or so, and her intellectual range leads you perilously near to pure jealousy, but then you ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gabriel - Goodreads

Sontag occasionally confuses (intentionally, to be sure) still photography, which is at the core of her argument, with film and video, even while she acknowledges that the two are completely separate ... Read full review

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Contents

In Platos Cave
1
America Seen Through Photographs Darkly
25
Melancholy Objects
49
The Heroism of Vision
83
Photographic Evangels
113
The ImageWorld
151
A Brief Anthology of Quotations
181
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About the author (1977)

Susan Sontag is the author of four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover and In America; I, Etcetera, a collection of stories; several plays; and five works of nonfiction, among them Illness as a Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

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