On Photography


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Susan Sontag's On Photography is a seminal and groundbreaking work on the subject. Susan Sontag's groundbreaking critique of photography asks forceful questions about the moral and aesthetic issues surrounding this art form. Photographs are everywhere, and the 'insatiability of the photographing eye' has profoundly altered our relationship with the world. Photographs have the power to shock, idealize or seduce, they create a sense of nostalgia and act as a memorial, and they can be used as evidence against us or to identify ...

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Aug 22, 2013


"On Photography" is a classic work on photography.

Louis David T

Apr 14, 2011

For anyone seriously intersted in photography

I don't know why it took me so many years to find and read this book. My copy is now filled with my notes in the margins of many pages. She can fascinate with her amazing insight into the essence of photography, or infuriate with some of her sweeping statements. What is photography? Why do we take photographs? Is a photograph art? ...and how did photography influence art? Even with the promiscuous imaging of today made possible by digital technology, her writing is just as powerful and applicable in 2011 as it was when she wrote this book.
If you are serious about photography, then Sontag's book is invaluable.

Clifford T

Jan 28, 2011


This a rare photography book - not a single photograph from beginning to end - and all the better for it. Sontag is such a brilliantly descriptive writer you can forget all about a picture being worth a thousand words.
There's not a word about histograms or white balance setting just startling insights into how photography has influenced the way we see the world and society


May 29, 2010

The book was a bit too "esoteric," and didn't actually talk about photography or technique. More about her idea on how society sees the idea of photography. Honestly, I didn't finish reading it.

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