Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

Front Cover
Macmillan, 1981 - Philosophy - 119 pages
7 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - g0ldenboy - LibraryThing

It's a convoluted, superfluous mess. My professor even admitted it should be called "What Turns Me On" by Roland Barthes for its subjective indulgence and nutty pluralism. Read in less than a day. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - DawsonP - LibraryThing

i love this book as this is the only philosophical writing i have ever come acros in the subject of photographic art work.this unveils the hidden layers of text in the form of written by light, is a unique experience of graphic decoding. Read full review

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1981)

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.

Bibliographic information