On Photography

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Picador, Aug 25, 2001 - Photography - 224 pages
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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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If you use a camera, if you have even the faintest interest in photography, you must read this book. Sontag's highly philosophical and meditative musings offer countless gems and things to think over ... Read full review

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Finished 10/19/2015. Interesting ideas about photography. 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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