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Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography Paperback – October 12, 2010
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As a student I highly dislike this book because of its difficult reading, but as an Art Historian, I find it incredibly useful, especially for any students planning on going into Contemporary art, which is highly dominated by the field of photography.
It is philosophical in the sense that is questions what images do, but again a nice story in that it moves from image to image discussing them. Images of places that make you want to live there, images of people and how these images capture the essence of time, culture, and the gift of being alive.
It's a great read, for me, as a photographer going to my shelf wanting something to read on photography other than about apertures and technical underpinnings. Of course they are related, and unarguably necessary, for good photography - but like Sontag you experience some of the hidden games of photography.
For the deep thinking photographers out there, and admittedly not for all.
It is not an easy book, and I did read it slowly. I may well read it again. The overall tone is sombre, and the parts that I like are when he discusses a photograph, because this made me a lot more sensitive to what is in the photo, and what the story could possibly be. This is the singular most achievement of this set of writings.
I am not sure about that section on his mother, but the pain of her loss, and his love for her shine through. This part is deeply personal, and I must admire him for being able to share this.
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This book is judt excessive ramblings that go on and on about irrelevant concepts, not related to actually being a creative photographer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter Rutlin
Interesting reflections on photography. Must read for those intend to study photography as a fine art.Published 3 months ago by Xinyue Zhang
one of the best books on photography, if you are a photographer or fine artist you must read this, second half gets weird with his mom but a good book for surePublished 5 months ago by Kevin Welsh
This book is a classic and should be read regularly.
I adore this book.