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On Photography Paperback – 27 Sep 1979

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (27 Sept. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140053972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140053975
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.4 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking at the world and at ourselves over the last 140 years."-"Washington Post Book World" "Every page of "On Photography" raises important and exciting questions about its subject and raises them in the best way.""-""The New York Times Book Review" "A book of great importance and originality . . . All future discussion or analysis of the role of photography in the affluent mass-media societies are now bound to begin with her book."-John Berger "Not many photographs are worth a thousand of [Susan Sontag's] words."-Robert Hughes, Time "After Sontag, photography must be written about not only as a force in the arts, but as one that is increasingly powerful in the nature and destiny of our global society."-"Newsweek" ""On Photography" is to my mind the most original and illuminating study of the subject."-Calvin Trillin, " The New Yorker"" "

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First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images which are continually inserted between experience and reality. Sontag develops further the concept of 'transparency'. When anything can be photographed and photography has destroyed the boundaries and definitions of art, a viewer can approach a photograph freely with no expectations of discovering what it means. This collection of six lucid and invigorating essays, the most famous being "In Plato's Cave," make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.

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