On Photography

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Picador, Aug 25, 2001 - Photography - 224 pages
148 Reviews
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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Great for photography lovers! - Goodreads
This is a devastating book, if you like photographs. - Goodreads
Sontag is a genius, and moreover a very good writer. - Goodreads
Great writing, interesting topics. - Goodreads
This is the worst book I've read about photography. - Goodreads
Still the best essay on photography ever. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sam Horton - Goodreads

I've just finished and what this book has taught me I can't explain through words. I now see the world from a different perspective and analyse art from their context. Read full review

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User Review  - Laurie Customer - Goodreads

I was only human upon opening this valiant/heroic work! Read full review

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About the author (2001)

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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