On Photography (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2011 - Photography - 224 pages
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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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Great for photography lovers! - Goodreads
This is a devastating book, if you like photographs. - Goodreads
Sontag is a genius, and moreover a very good writer. - Goodreads
Great writing, interesting topics. - Goodreads
This is the worst book I've read about photography. - Goodreads
Still the best essay on photography ever. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ian Russell - Goodreads

If there ever was a book that requires skimming it's this one. Unfortunately, Susan Sontag seems to have defended against this by her torturous writing style: I couldn't seem to get the gist of much ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tso William - Goodreads

On Photography is a book to love and hate. The hatred comes from the frustration of not understanding her. As a person from different disciplines, her essays are, to me, like daydreaming at best, or ... Read full review

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
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

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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