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On Photography 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 and is described by its author as a progress of

  • Title: On Photography
  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • ISBN: 9780312420093
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Photography By Susan Sontag, 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 concludesWinner 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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    1. This was terribly interesting, but I think you needed to know a little 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 live in isn t really the real world the real world is a world we cannot have access to, the real world is where things never die, things remain the same and don t change Change and death, to Plato, are proof th [...]

    2. 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 context of Diane Arbus work Less shocking but also disappointing her wholesale dismissal of the Surrealists, or as she calls them two or three times, the Surrealist militants , which they decidedly were not Overal [...]

    3. 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 constructed history of photography, its development and an introduction to various schools and movements of photography as I did are likely to be disappointed On Photography has no central thesis, and is a colle [...]

    4. 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 again Get ready Just do it And then go read Regarding the Pain of Others, because it will be like playing Candyland.

    5. 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 that I had experienced as well She responds by saying that it is not yes and no, rather this but also that She argues in defence of the premise of seriousness, an idea both close to my heart and valuable for [...]

    6. 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 representation right on its head, but the question of stealing life or emotion by photography is a puzzling one Would it be possible to steal others experiences and suffering in writing

    7. 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 a record of things as they were photographs become exhibits in the trial that is history says Walter Benjamin, comparing the subjects of photographs to crime scenes But are photos still treated as such In the age [...]

    8. 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 person I wouldn t recommend this to.

    9. Q Why is this book called On Photography Given that not one word of this book says sustains a single positive sentiment about cameras and their usage, why wouldn t it be called Against Photography, or maybe Photography is the Downfall of Human Kind This is not at all the book I thought it was Given its most quoted statement, To collect photographs is to collect the world, I expected a somewhat romantic vision of the photographic craft Little did I know that Sontag credits photography with dehuma [...]

    10. The first 2 3 essays of the book are just astonishing I ve been perusing Sontag s journals for the past year or so, and her intellectual range leads you perilously near to pure jealousy, but then you concede her anomalous mind and simply admire it instead This seemingly limitless curiosity and brute capacity for knowledge is best exhibited in those first 2 3 essays particularly the first two, which is why I keep saying 2 3 , and also remains less cloyingly didactic there For example, her conside [...]

    11. To photograph is to confer importance There is probably no subject that cannot be beautified over, there is no way to suppress the tendency inherent in all photographs to accord value to their subjects But the meaning of value itself can be altered Through photographs we follow in the most intimate, troubling way the reality of how people age To look at an old photograph of oneself, of anyone one has known, or of a much photographed public person is to feel, first of all how much younger I she, [...]

    12. Like many people before me, I felt a certain dread the next time I tried to pick up my camera after reading this book Susan Sontag s incredible, penetrating critique of photography doesn t just cast into doubt the value of the activity of taking a photograph, but it posits some of the irrevocable changes that the advent of this technology has had on our world and how we experience it Anyone who reads this having previously nurtured an interest in photography at any level should experience a degr [...]

    13. On Photography is the most brilliant book on photography I have ever read, or ever will read Questioning the nature of photography its purpose, meaning, future Sontag forces us to consider revolutionary ideas about the simple act of snapping up the world Of her string of brilliant observations, my favorites include the notion that taking someone s picture is akin to participating in their mortality, the idea that as soon as a photograph is taken, we ve witnessed a second of their life expiring A [...]

    14. I picked this book up at a library booksale about 6 months ago, the first thing that popped out to me when I opened it up was a couple of Kodak Photo s from 1976.about 6 years before I was even born, and a bus schedule card for the same yearr Atlanta Macon GeorgiaWhat interesting history the book must have.I can tell by the quotes that were already underlined the previous owner would have been interesting underlined any reference to Kerouac etc.I wish there was a name on the photo s.who knows ma [...]

    15. An interesting book about the art of photography The book talks about the origins of photography and its juxtaposition against painting and what the benefits of both are vis vis one another The book was very philosophical in places and made me look at photography in a completely different way The book also referenced some of the most iconic photographs of all time It covered chapters such as Plato s cave, American seen through photographs darkly, melancholy objects, and the heroism of vision, ph [...]

    16. I first read the article from which this book was born when I was doing my MFA 2000 , picked up the book at a used book store several months ago and have been reading chapters in the midst of other reads, projects, etc Sontag s ideas are so culturally important and have been so assimilated into what we already know that it may be difficult at first glance to see how remarkable her contributions were back in the day 1977 when she first began to articulate them or how relevant they continue to be [...]

    17. gira livrosspo opinEste livro de ensaios sobre fotografia de Susan Sontag essencial aos amantes de fotografia O primeiro ensaio Na caverna de Plat o deveras fascinante, essencialmente, porque j foi escrito h mais de 40 anos 1973 , e permanece t o actual Este ensaio deixou me com imensa pena de n o haver um ensaio mais recente neste livro, por exemplo, do in cio dos anos 2000 Susan Sontag morreu em 2004.A fotografia, mais recentemente, transformou se num divertimento quase t o praticado como o se [...]

    18. This is the worst book I ve read about photography It isn t even about photography, it is about Susan Sontag consistently misunderstanding photographs It isn t intellectual, either It is her emotional responses to the shallowest possible reading of photographs The defining moment is in the appendix of quotations, the only good part of the book The first quote is from the notebooks of William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the earliest photographers He wrote, Make picture of kaleidoscope This idea of p [...]

    19. Every paragraph sounds like the end of a chapter, a summation filled with nuance and aphorism, but it s too much It s a superhighway jammed with loaded information It s good stuff, except i wish it had been concise or I had had the photographs she was mentioning to cut up the incessant babel of her reflection Her introspection needs concrete.Sontag attempts to isolate the photograph as an art form, to insist that photography is the inventory of morality But because of the objective properties [...]

    20. I felt drawn to Sontag s writing after reading excerpts of her essays from one of her other works for a class Her writing is filled to the brim with critical thought, keen observations, and passion It s difficult reading as mentioned by other reviewers, everything seems to contain a new point, and I wanted to take my highlighter to every other sentence , yet it still remains engaging and is rarely dry As I read Sontag s essays, I feel like I can imagine her fiercely arguing for the many ideas an [...]

    21. Dei mais do que seria previs vel a ler este livro Como diz a pr pria Susan Sontag nestas p ginas, o tempo de leitura dum livro depende do leitor, enquanto o dum filme depende do realizador Para justificar a demora posso apenas alegar que as ideias s o bastante interessantes e levam o seu tempo a processar.Os diversos ensaios ramificam se em tantas direc es que obrigam a uma medita o aturada sobre o que a imagem, o fot grafo, a realidade, o real, a representa o do real e o pr prio mundo, entre ta [...]

    22. So, so bad, I d rate it one star if people took one stars seriously Her thoughts give faux insights a bad name This is one long string of There is no such thing as a good or bad photograph, only or less interesting ones , and that s an above average excerpt Thank goodness I only listened to this The Diane Arbus section was the highlight of a boring collection, but I can t imagine the entry on Arbus not rivalling Sontag s chapter The readings of 50s and 60s Polaroid and Minolta advertisements we [...]

    23. This book is a great analysis of how photography has changed and how we relate to those changes Are images just a reproduction of reality, something to keep things alive that have gone before, or are they really an art form Some of her keen observations on photography are Photography does not simply reproduce the real, it recycles it To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed It means putting yourself into a certain relationship to the world that feels like knowledge and therefore, l [...]

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