On Photography (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2011 - Photography - 224 pages
22 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  - Hadrian - Goodreads

A dense and theoretical book on a subject I know very little about. She refers to a vast collection of exhibits, and all I knew before is 'point a camera at a thing and press a button'. Sontag is very ... 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

Title Page
America Seen Through Photographs Darkly
Melancholy Object
The Heroism of Vision
Photographic Evangels
The ImageWorld
A Brief Anthology of Quotations
Also by Susan Sontag
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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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