Beautifully composed...unique in the entire literature on photography, at least as far as I am acquainted with it. (Hilton Kramer)
In this welcome book he uses his decades of practical knowledge to analyze what it means to engage the world through a camera. (Richard B. Woodward, DoubleTake)
The graceful prose, exactness and rigor of observation, and many allusions to poetry, fiction, art, and philosophy makes this collection of essays very special in recent writing on photography. (Alan Trachtenberg)
Elegant and erudite personal essays—at times, lyric, at times, revelatory—written by one of the great, classical, American portrait photographers of this era. Move over Susan Sontag! (Michael Lesy)
A genuinely philosophic book. (Joe Sachs)
Here is picture taking and viewing connected to a long contemplative tradition: looking within as well as without, two aspects of our humanity. (Robert Coles, Harvard University)
Thoughtful and important series of essays on photography. (Christine Sevilla Afterimage)
Thompson presents unique, compelling analysis that explores both our role as observers and photography's role in our contemporary world...
Thompson's essays are a lively, loving, and thought-provoking romp through wide-ranging critical references of poetry, fiction, art, and philosophy to get at the very nature of photography. Highly recommended. All levels. (CHOICE)
Jerry Thompson's Truth and Photography is as intellectually stimulation as any book of photographic criticism in years. It is a pleasure to read, it helps us see. (Michael More Camera Arts)
Thompson's portraits give dimension to vivacious, troubled people through a mysterious process — free of fanfare and artifice. His essay describes the experience fluently. Read it carefully. Then go back and look at the pictures again. (Michael More View Camera)
From the Publisher
In three elegant essays Mr. Thompson explores the many-leveled relationship between seeing and thinking. The book reproduces and the essays discuss some twenty-four photographs. Mr. Thompsons examinations are penetrating, sustained, allusive, and frequently thrilling.