On Photography

On Photography

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 First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images which are continually inserted between exper...

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Title:On Photography
Author:Susan Sontag
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Genres:Art
ISBN:On Photography
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:224 pages pages

On Photography Reviews

  • Diana
    Jun 23, 2007
    This is a classic book of essays about how photography reveals so much about society, politics, history, and our attitudes towards preserving the image and the potential "truth" inherent in a photograph. I don't read much nonfiction, and this was originally for a class, but there i...
  • Ally Armistead
    Dec 23, 2011
    "On Photography" is the most brilliant book on photography I have ever read, or ever will read. Questioning the nature of photography--its purpose, meaning, future--Sontag forces us to consider revolutionary ideas about the simple act of "snapping" up the world. Of her string of br...
  • Trevor
    Jun 04, 2013
    This was terribly interesting, but I think you needed to know a little more than Sontag explained to understand where she is coming from in all this. The important thing to remember is that Plato wanted to banish the artists and he wanted to do this for a very good reason. To Plato the...
  • Katie
    Jul 30, 2007
    On hold. While fascinating, 'every sentence contains a thought' is not as fun as it sounds. ...
  • Amari
    Sep 22, 2007
    I found this book utterly maddening. I'm giving it four stars not for the content itself, but for the quality of thinking I did while reading. I'm rather surprised not to have found any comments in other reviews regarding Sontag's horrific tactlessness in her discussions of "freaks...
  • Jana
    Jan 17, 2008
    I first read the article from which this book was born when I was doing my MFA (2000), picked up the book at a used book store several months ago and have been reading chapters in the midst of other reads, projects, etc. Sontag's ideas are so culturally important and have been so a...
  • B-MO
    Oct 23, 2008
    I picked this book up at a library booksale about 6 months ago, the first thing that popped out to me when I opened it up was a couple of Kodak Photo's from 1976....about 6 years before I was even born, and a bus schedule card for the same year....for Atlanta/Macon Georgia..... What...
  • Jeremy Allan
    Jan 09, 2012
    Like many people before me, I felt a certain dread the next time I tried to pick up my camera after reading this book. Susan Sontag's incredible, penetrating critique of photography doesn't just cast into doubt the value of the activity of taking a photograph, but it posits some of the...
  • Robert Isenberg
    Jan 02, 2009
    Q: Why is this book called "On Photography"? Given that not one word of this book says sustains a single positive sentiment about cameras and their usage, why wouldn't it be called "Against Photography," or maybe "Photography is the Downfall of Human Kind." This is not at all the bo...
  • Mandana
    Mar 07, 2018
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  • Jamie
    Jun 17, 2013
    The first 2-3 essays of the book are just astonishing. I've been perusing Sontag's journals for the past year or so, and her intellectual range leads you perilously near to pure jealousy, but then you concede her anomalous mind and simply admire it instead. This seemingly limitless cur...
  • Katty
    Apr 08, 2011
    I felt drawn to Sontag?s writing after reading excerpts of her essays from one of her other works for a class. Her writing is filled to the brim with critical thought, keen observations, and passion. It?s difficult reading (as mentioned by other reviewers, everything seems to conta...
  • Mackenzie M-B
    Feb 02, 2009
    Step one: buy this book. Step two: find a writing utensil Step three: go on the subway/metro/pvta and go! you will want to underline just about every sentence because it is life changing. You will want to hug your camera and then throw it into a fire. You will never approach the...
  • Walter Underwood
    Jun 13, 2013
    This is the worst book I've read about photography. It isn't even about photography, it is about Susan Sontag consistently misunderstanding photographs. It isn't intellectual, either. It is her emotional responses to the shallowest possible reading of photographs. The defining mome...
  • Maciek
    Nov 08, 2014
    I've never read anything by Susan Sontag, but encountered mentions of her book On Photography numerous times in various contexts. It's hailed as "one of the most highly regarded books of its kind". I like taking photographs myself, and thought I would find it interesting. Those seek...
  • Hadrian
    Apr 03, 2012
    A dense and theoretical book on a subject I know very little about. She refers to a vast collection of exhibits, and all I knew before is 'point a camera at a thing and press a button'. Sontag is very forceful and eloquent in her opinions. I can see her turning Plato's idea of forms...
  • Sketchbook
    Jan 02, 2013
    Out of focus. ...
  • فهد الفهد
    Jun 24, 2014
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  • Sunny
    Dec 20, 2016
    An interesting book about the art of photography. The book talks about the origins of photography and its juxtaposition against painting and what the benefits of both are vis--vis one another. The book was very philosophical in places and made me look at photography in a completely d...
  • David
    Aug 18, 2014
    To think this was published in 1973 - when photographs were just mementos and souvenirs. What have they become now, in the age of the selfie? Sontag, Barthes, Benjamin, etc - many people have written about the semiotics and significance of photography as an "art." Photography has been ...
  • Sawsan
    Mar 05, 2015
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  • Vipassana
    Apr 22, 2015
    I approached On Photography expecting a sense of warmth and intellect that Maria Popova paints Susan Sontag with. One essay in, I was slightly disappointed to feel no warmth. So, I read an interview of hers where the interviewer says the "yes and no" attitude is typical of her writing,...
  • Eadweard
    Aug 23, 2016
    " To photograph is to confer importance. There is probably no subject that cannot be beautified; moreover, there is no way to suppress the tendency inherent in all photographs to accord value to their subjects. But the meaning of value itself can be altered " --- " Through ph...
  • Mohammad Hanifeh
    Apr 21, 2018
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  • Amina - أمينَة.
    Dec 15, 2014
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  • Michael
    Mar 01, 2018
    Written in cool and caustic prose, On Photography consists of seven meditations on the medium's ethics, social uses, and history. Sontag drops epigram after epigram, aphorism after aphorism, in these contentious essays, as she speeds through considering the subjects of photography's mo...
  • Luís C.
    Aug 20, 2014
    A wonderful essay on the art of photography. ...
  • Alexandra Machado
    Feb 15, 2017
    http://gira-livros.blogs.sapo.pt/opin... Este livro de ensaios sobre fotografia de Susan Sontag essencial aos amantes de fotografia. O primeiro ensaio - Na caverna de Plato - deveras fascinante, essencialmente, porque j foi escrito h mais de 40 anos (1973), e permanece t...
  • Narjes Dorzade
    Mar 08, 2018
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  • Anna
    May 29, 2018
    ?yjemy w epoce obrazw. Wsp?czesny cz?owiek przyswaja je du?o szybciej ni? tekst. I mo?e cho?by dlatego warto sobie przypomnie?, co o fotografiach pisa?a Susan Sontag w swoich esejach, ktre rok temu wyda?o w nowym, od?wie?onym t?umaczeniu wydawnictwo Karakter. ?O fo...