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A brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking at the world and at ourselves over the last 140 years. (Washington Post Book World)
Every page of On Photography raises important and exciting questions about its subject and raises them in the best way. (The New York Times Book Review)
A book of great importance and originality . . . All future discussion or analysis of the role of photography in the affluent mass-media societies are now bound to begin with her book. (John Berger)
Not many photographs are worth a thousand of [Susan Sontag's] words. (Robert Hughes, Time)
After Sontag, photography must be written about not only as a force in the arts, but as one that is increasingly powerful in the nature and destiny of our global society. (Newsweek)
On Photography is to my mind the most original and illuminating study of the subject. (Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker)
Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism (1977), this is "a brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking of the world and ourselves over the lost 140 years."-Washington Post BOOK WORLD --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Sontag's notable works in the field of performance art and literature made her one of the best contemporary artists of the 20th century. very informative book!Published 27 days ago by Mariano Duran
Had to read this for my English Comp. class (GraphicDesign) I loved her style and how she broke things down,Even though this was written so long ago ,it feels as though it fits... Read morePublished 1 month ago by lonnietalouise
An in depth review of photography by one of the most brilliant writers on the subject..
Intense, to say the least.
Deep and great thoughts about photogrphy from a genius philosopher!Published 4 months ago by Maurício Gutemberg
I find Ms. Sontag's book to best be described by the well-turned terms of the review here by "Emily": I, too, still can't believe some of the things I read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. Benedict
In a word, the book was Surreal. It was a long slow ramble through compound sentences with an interesting vocabulary. There were a few references to actual photographers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jerry K. Snyder