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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang; Reprint edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374532338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374532338
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[Barthes] has accomplished in this extraordinary book something finer than mere polemic. En route to his last painful discovery, Barthes takes the reader on an exquisitely rendered, lyrical journey into the heart of his own life and the medium he came to love, a medium that flirts constantly with the ‘intractable reality’ of the human condition.” —Newsweek

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I purchased this book for my photography class.
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This book never cease to make me think about the role of pictures and the way it seduces our senses and memory that is difficult to explain by words.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pellerine on December 17, 2010
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Quite an interesting documentary of photography by Barthes. I think books like this, and Sontag, are interesting to read as they help us gain perspectives from photography from various approaches. This is simply a nice book to read that happens to reflect on what gifts/memories that images catch and leave behind for society to come.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Long on August 6, 2014
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This is one of those books you are *supposed* to be impressed by. Another reviewer has, of course, warned that this is for "deep thinking photographers," you know - the kind who are capable of understanding the "well written and thoughtful discourse" the author provides. I'm happy to be left out of such a group of "deep thinking photographers." I found this book to be utterly without a point. Reading it was like heading out on a vacation in the wilderness in a Yugo filled with pretentious babbling twits, only to turn up in a muddy cul de sac where the car breaks down. And it's raining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By c scollans on February 17, 2014
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It is one of the best historical texts regarding the influence of photography on culture. Well written and thoughtful discourse!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T on November 15, 2013
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I got this book for an Art History class (History of Photography). I gave myself exactly one week to read this book. It wasn't enough time; this book is incredibly complex for Undergraduate reading. I had to reread the book several times, but thanks to my teacher, TA and fellow students, we managed to break it down and begin actually seeing what Barthes is saying. He wrote this book as an essay not necessarily to teach but more so to explain why he was attracted to photos more than others while looking for his perfect photo of his recently deceased mother. The first part of the book breaks down and explains the different parts of photography. The most important term to remember is punctum (and studium which goes with it) and enimos, or essence. The Second part breaks down his discovery of the Winter Garden photo (which is never seen in the book) and why he is attracted to it, or other words, he uses the terms from Part One to explain the photo.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W on May 30, 2013
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This book never cease to make me think about the role of pictures and the way it seduces our senses and memory that is difficult to explain by words. A lot of people arguing on the Barthes insistence on the aura of the pictures, though it's remaining true since the early invention of photography. I'm intrigued by this essay and continually fascinated by this search for meaning in the object of picture. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo G on March 5, 2013
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This is an excellent book for those who want to understand photography criticism. Ronald Barthes was not a photographer himself, but he greatly helped in the construction of contemporary photography. His writings doesn't make sense some times, but understand that this book was originally wrote in French and at the last living year of Barthes. Then you will understand.
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One of the most important books on experience, society, and culture, written in the 20th century. The reflection is on photography, but involves aspects from phenomenology, deconstruction, and critical theory. This book should be read by all, not just artist or art historians. There is a massive amount of information in these short passages that read more as a dialog than a formal text. It is often so accessible that it is taking in passing without a thorough engagement.
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By Jason Tompa on June 24, 2014
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This was a great read. Bought it for class along with 4 other photography books.. history of photography. but this was my favorite by far. read it twice. used it for my final in that class and in another class. great read
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