On Photography

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Macmillan, 1977 - Art - 208 pages
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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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ON PHOTOGRAPHY

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Susan Sontag has returned photography to the cockpit of discussion it occupied when the exact mechanical image loomed as a threat to the person, to art, to the very relationship between images and ... Read full review

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User Review  - rudib4 - Overstock.com

Susan Sontag remains one of the most important voices of her time. Her interest in photography came at a time when photography was understood as a useful medium and occasionally as a powerful way to ... Read full review

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Contents

In Platos Cave
1
America Seen Through Photographs Darkly
25
Melancholy Objects
49
The Heroism of Vision
83
Photographic Evangels
113
The ImageWorld
151
A Brief Anthology of Quotations
181
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About the author (1977)

Susan Sontag is the author of four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover and In America; I, Etcetera, a collection of stories; several plays; and five works of nonfiction, among them Illness as a Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

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