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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic in the Theory of Photography., 19 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
Barthes wrote this book out of urge to discover the real nature of Photography. In the first part of the book he establishes his own system to do that. This system is based on two "cathegories" that Photography contains, studium and punctum. In the second part he wants to come closer to eidos, the nature of Photography. Therefor he takes one of his photographies, showing his mother as a child. Out of his emotions by this photography he builds the theory, often comparing it with another art, Film and sometimes also with Theatre. The book can also be recomended to wider public, not only philosophers, because it is written in a simple, understandable way, but is still opening some major questions regarding its subject.
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Initial post: 26 Jul 2010 19:03:43 BDT
Ru_Anderson says:
I aggree with the review in general but I wouldn't say its written in a "simple understandable way". Simple perhaps by the standard of the hyperbole of his day, but not by modern standards. I would also suggest, (and here I enter a debate I am not qualified to take part in!), that some of his reflections are perhaps also starting to become dated simply becase we are now in an environment that is so saturated with images, (and the images themselves so widely manipulated), that while the principles may be the same but the effect at least, is ameliorated?
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