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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If you love photography, you will love this. - Goodreads
a book of mourning, more than of photography. - Goodreads
Barthes's writing is lovely. - Goodreads
Quick and easy to read, very handy size too. - Goodreads
More a meditation on loss than on photography. - Goodreads
Essential for anyone studying photography. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

A beautiful book, part poetic, part philosophical. Really changes the way you think about photography. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

Probably Barthes most moving and coherent essay, written shortly after the death of his mother, as he struggled to regain control of his writing and professional work through his grief. His analysis ... 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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