On Photography (Paperback)

Author: Sontag, Susan

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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."

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Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9780312420093
SKU 30766767
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0312420099
Release Date 9/1/2001
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Author Info
Susan Sontag
A precocious child, Susan Sontag entered the University of Chicago at 15, and acquired a B.A. in philosophy, followed by M.A. degrees in English literature and philosophy, both from Harvard. She was married in 1951, had a son, and was divorced in 1958. Her experience with cancer in 1976 led to her non-fiction book, ILLNESS AS METAPHOR, followed by AIDS AND ITS METAPHORS in 1989. Her 1977 book ON PHOTOGRAPHY was an influential work that won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has served as president of PEN and been a MacArthur fellow. In addition to social and literary criticism, Sontag has also written novels, screenplays, and a stage play.
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"A brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking at the world and ourselves over the last 140 years."
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Annotation Without including a single photograph, Susan Sontag explores the impact of photography on real life in the 20th century. Her thesis is that the universal preponderance of the photographic image in our lives as something we take for granted has made the photograph more real than what it represents, and has changed irrevocably our notion of reality.
Annotation 1 In her great classic work ON PHOTOGRAPHY (1977), without including a single photograph, Susan Sontag looks at the impact of photography on real life in the 20th century. Her thesis is that the universal presence of the photographic image in our lives as something we take for granted has made the photograph more real than what it represents, and has changed irrevocably our notion of reality. Sontag explores different ways of seeing as she comments on the work of innovative photographers and filmmakers, and shows how, over the years, photography has transformed society in ways that we might not expect. ON PHOTOGRAPHY was a bestseller when it was published, and won the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism in 1977.
Editors Note A collection of acclaimed essays explores the aesthetic and moral problems raised by the presence and authority of the photographic image in modern-day life, considers the relation of photography to art, conscience, and knowledge, and examines the works of major photographers. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Reprint.
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Number of Pages 0208
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