Offers a critique of photography that asks forceful questions about the moral and aesthetic issues surrounding this art form. This book examines the ways in which we use these omnipresent images to manufacture a sense of reality and authority in our lives.
'The most original and illuminating study of the subject.' The New Yorker
Photographs are everywhere. From high art to family albums to legal evidence, they capture and document the world around us. And whether we use them to expose, reveal or remember, they hold an enduring power.
In this essential and revelatory volume, Susan Sontag confronts important questions surrounding the power dynamics between photographer and subject, the blurred boundary between lived events and recreated images, and the desires that lead us to record our lives.
'Complex and contradictory... one of America's greatest public intellectuals' Observer
'Susan Sontag offers enough food for thought to satisfy the most intellectual of appetites.' The Times
'A brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have had in our way of looking at the world, and at ourselves, over the years.' Washington Post
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"A brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking at the world and at ourselves over the last 140 years."-"Washington Post Book World" "Every page of "On Photography" raises important and exciting questions about its subject and raises them in the best way.""-""The New York Times Book Review" "A book of great importance and originality . . . All future discussion or analysis of the role of photography in the affluent mass-media societies are now bound to begin with her book."-John Berger "Not many photographs are worth a thousand of [Susan Sontag's] words."-Robert Hughes, Time "After Sontag, photography must be written about not only as a force in the arts, but as one that is increasingly powerful in the nature and destiny of our global society."-"Newsweek" ""On Photography" is to my mind the most original and illuminating study of the subject."-Calvin Trillin, " The New Yorker"" "
About Susan Sontag
Susan Sontag was born in Manhattan in 1933 and studied at the universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. Her non-fiction works include Against Interpretation, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, AIDS and its Metaphors and Regarding the Pain of Others. She is also the author of four novels, a collection of stories and several plays. Her books are translated into thirty-two languages. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work, and in 2003 she received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She died in December 2004.
On Photography by Susan Sontag
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