On Photography by Susan Sontag

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Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism.

One of the most highly regarded books of its kind, On Photography first appeared in 1977 and is described by its author as “a progress of essays about the meaning and career of photographs.” It begins with the famous “In Plato’s Cave”essay, then offers five other prose meditations on this topic, and concludes with a fascinating and far-reaching “Brief Anthology of Quotations.”


About Susan Sontag

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Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was the author of numerous works of non-fiction, including the groundbreaking collection of essays Against Interpretation (FSG, 1966), and of four novels, including In America (FSG, 2000), which won the National Book Award.
Published April 1, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 226 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Susan Sontag has returned photography to the cockpit of discussion it occupied when the exact mechanical image loomed as a threat to the person, to art, to the very relationship between images and reality.

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"Susan Sontag's brief but brilliant work on photography . . . shall surely stand near the beginning of all our thoughts upon the subject . . ."

Dec 18 1977 | Read Full Review of On Photography


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But above all, the book addresses Susan Sontag, for it was Sontag's On Photography, Linfield writes, that was "responsible for establishing a tone of suspicion and distrust in photography criticism, and for teaching us that to be smart about photographs means to disparage them."

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