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A brilliant writing by Susan on varied aspects of the art and science of photography. She delves into the significance of photography in modern world discussing great photographers worldwide. A must read book for people wanting to know intellectual and social angles of photography.
This book deals with subjects and topics that are long gone and irrelevant, the world has changed and its integrated but the book is a haphazard bibliography of what has happened long time ago, and has a very western hamstrung perspective, if you are a young photographer this will not be any use to you....I will be surprised to know that this book is doing well in the west.
Still an essential read, making deeply insightful and intellectually sharp points but can be a real endeavour to get through what feels like a generous amount of deliberate mystification in terms of language and communication. If, for example, you admire the clarity and concisely meaningful style of John Berger/Ways Of Seeing, this might feel like more of an uphill struggle.
I bought this book on recommendation. I've read it twice and I'm sure there is a message in there somewhere it's just I find difficulty unpicking it. It focuses on the culture and influences of photography since its invention, which I knew before I bought it, but I would have preferred it explained in a different manner.
If you are interested in this aspect of photography then it's worth reading and it's fairly cheap.
I was fascinated by the language used, but the intellectual rigor that animates the writing oppresses me, especially when it attributes a negative connotation to photography. Susan Sonntag's language comes from dozens of rewritings and the end result is such a rigorous precision of the concept that it borders in intellectual fascism. She never says: "photography COULD be a mass consumerism on which today ALMOST ALL OF us COULD be addicted." Instead he says: "photography IS a mass consumerism to which we are ALL addicted today." In short, she does not use conditionals, for her a thing is or is not, the "could be" does not exist for her. However, let's face it, it's not true that photography is so negative. Susan Sonntag has seen too many photos of Vietnam and the concentration camps, forgetting the golden portraits under controlled light that fills a memory with joy, or those that enhance the majesty of the subjects (see Anne Leibowitz).
Absolutely terrible, awful, boooooring book. It could have been very interesting, fascinating but the writing style, the never ending sentences, and the choice of vocabulary that nobody understands nor uses, killed the whole experience. If the author used more everyday language, more people could appreciate what she has to say. It's a book that requires a dictionary in order to understand. Too bad.
OK its a standard work on photography but Sontag starts well and engages the reader but then wanders off into the byways of loosely linked philosophy. Almost totally blind to any photography outside the US and spending far too much text on Arbus, the book is biased and rather poorly focused. The good insights do keep on coming though! Pity she did not lay the book aside and rewrite it- we might have had something really good! P.S.Have read it ten times and still fall asleep in the middle. Great for photography course lecturers though. For actual photography read Shore or Swarkovski.