Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

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Macmillan, 1981 - Philosophy - 119 pages
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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Based on 48 fragments of philosophical insights about photography, this short book is at its core about love and grief, written after the loss of Barthes’ mother in 1977 with whom he had lived most of ... Read full review

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Personally, I found this book to be of uneven quality. It has flashes where it is very good indeed, and then there are sections where I thought that he was meandering. It is not an easy book, and I ... 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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