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On photography

By: Sontag, Susan

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
0241197546 / 9780241197547
Ebook
770.1
25/09/2008
Available
123 pages

Susan Sontag'sOn Photographyis a seminal and groundbreaking work on the subject.

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. Photographs have the power to shock, idealize or seduce, they create a sense of nostalgia and act as a memorial, and they can be used as evidence against us or to identify us. In these six incisive essays, Sontag examines the ways in which we use these omnipresent images to manufacture a sense of reality and authority in our lives.

'Sontag offers enough food for thought to satisfy the most intellectual of appetites'The Times

'A brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking at the world, and at ourselves'Washington Post

'The most original and illuminating study of the subject'New Yorker

One of America's best-known and most admired writers, Susan Sontag was also a leading commentator on contemporary culture until her death in December 2004. Her books include four novels and numerous works of non-fiction, among themRegarding the Pain of Others,On Photography,Illness as Metaphor,At the Same Time,Against Interpretation and Other EssaysandReborn: Early Diaries 1947-1963, all of which are published by Penguin. A further eight books, including the collections of essaysUnder the Sign of SaturnandWhere the Stress Falls, and the novelsThe Volcano LoverandThe Benefactor, are available from Penguin Modern Classics.

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