Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

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Macmillan, 1981 - Philosophy - 119 pages
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This personal, wide-ranging, and contemplative volume--and the last book Barthes published--finds the author applying his influential perceptiveness and associative insight to the subject of photography. To this end, several black-and-white photos (by the likes of Avedon, Clifford, Hine, Mapplethorpe, Nadar, Van Der Zee, and so forth) are reprinted throughout the text.

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Review: Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

User Review  - Cărăşălu - Goodreads

Barthes's writing is lovely. I get the feeling of "live thinking". He jumps between ideas, feelings and observations with an enviable intellectual acrobacy. The downside is that it's rather hard to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Theresa - Goodreads

I found this short book a bit frustrating at first, while I was still under the impression that I was reading a book about photography. Barthes' discussion takes off from the experience of the viewer ... Read full review

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Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and the classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.

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