On Photography by Susan Sontag

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On Photography Read Online Free - First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images which are continually inserted between experience and reality. Sontag develops further the concept of 'transparency'. When anything can be photographed and photography has destroyed the boundaries and definitions of art, a viewer can approach a photograph freely with no expectations of discovering what it means. This collection of six lucid and invigorating essays, the most famous being "In Plato's Cave", make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.

Title : On Photography
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ISBN : 0141187166
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 pages


Trevor rated it ★★★★★

September 28, 2014

This was terribly interesting, but I think you needed to know a little more than Sontag explained to understand where she is coming from in all this. The important thing to remember is that Plato wanted to banish the artists and he wanted to do this for a very good reason. To Plato the world we l...

Amari rated it ★★★★☆

December 04, 2013

I found this book utterly maddening. I'm giving it four stars not for the content itself, but for the quality of thinking I did while reading. I'm rather surprised not to have found any comments in other reviews regarding Sontag's horrific tactlessness in her discussions of "freaks" (in the conte...

Sawsan rated it ★★★★☆

July 31, 2017

الصور جزء من حياتنا, ذكريات مرئية نحتفظ فيها بلحظات وأشخاص وأحداث مرت بنا على المستوى العام التصوير يكشف الكثير عن المجتمع والسياسة والتاريخ, ينقل لنا العالم ويقرب الأحداث الصورة جزء من المعرفة, عندما نسمع أو نقرأ عن شيء نتأكد منه أكثر حين نرى الصورة الكاتبة سوزان سونتاج لا تُدين التصوير الفوتوغرا...

Maciek rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 13, 2014

I've never read anything by Susan Sontag, but encountered mentions of her book On Photography numerous times in various contexts. It's hailed as "one of the most highly regarded books of its kind". I like taking photographs myself, and thought I would find it interesting. Those seeking a well-cons...

Mackenzie rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2009

Step one: buy this book. Step two: find a writing utensil Step three: go on the subway/metro/pvta and go! you will want to underline just about every sentence because it is life changing. You will want to hug your camera and then throw it into a fire. You will never approach the world the same aga...

Vipassana rated it ★★★★☆

May 23, 2015

I approached On Photography expecting a sense of warmth and intellect that Maria Popova paints Susan Sontag with. One essay in, I was slightly disappointed to feel no warmth. So, I read an interview of hers where the interviewer says the "yes and no" attitude is typical of her writing, something...

Luís rated it ★★★★☆

July 20, 2016

A wonderful essay on the art of photography.

Hadrian rated it ★★★★☆

December 15, 2013

A dense and theoretical book on a subject I know very little about. She refers to a vast collection of exhibits, and all I knew before is 'point a camera at a thing and press a button'. Sontag is very forceful and eloquent in her opinions. I can see her turning Plato's idea of forms and representa...

David rated it ★★★☆☆

February 02, 2016

To think this was published in 1973 - when photographs were just mementos and souvenirs. What have they become now, in the age of the selfie? Sontag, Barthes, Benjamin, etc - many people have written about the semiotics and significance of photography as an "art." Photography has been held up as...

Diana rated it ★★★★★

February 16, 2014

This is a classic book of essays about how photography reveals so much about society, politics, history, and our attitudes towards preserving the image and the potential "truth" inherent in a photograph. I don't read much nonfiction, and this was originally for a class, but there isn't a single p...

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