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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.
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
A fascinating book, that is incredibly prescient. Much of what Sontag says applies to today's culture of images. While she didn't foresee the massive proliferation of images that exist today - notably the self-referential nature of a lot of photography - her insights are spot on. Sontag was writing in the 1970s, when photography - especially color photography - was becoming more commonplace, and she nails many of the cultural and sociological aspects of photographs. A must read for anyone who takes photography seriously.
I was aware of the book but had never read it. I found myself committed to giving a talk to my Photo Club on "Quotations from famous Photographers". I ordered the book through Amazon, it arrived promptly, and not only did Sontag provide some great quotes of her own but she includes an extensive supplement of quotations by photographers or about photography - just what I needed.
A good book for A level or college students, I was made to read this straight from school but have come back to it several times throughout my education and research practice. This is a good book to understand the direction of which you what to go in a historical context, simple and to the point as I mentioned in the title essential for any early photography student.
There is a reason why there are so many editions.
This is the world of the 1960s and '70s when paper print photographs seemed to be everywhere and yet were in fact few and far between compared to the ubiquitous image creation and retention of the digital era. Nonetheless, the modern reader can easily comprehend the technical, psychological, social and artistic embedding of photography that Sontag offers on these pages. Highly perceptive, succinct, sensitive analysis of visual image reproduction which had come into its own during the interwar years and defined how we watched the world right up to the appearance of the digital camera at the dawn of the new millennium.