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On Photography Paperback – August 25, 2001

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Editorial Reviews

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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

About the Author

Susan Sontag was the author of four novels, including The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for fiction; a collection of stories, I, etcetera; several plays, including Alice in Bed; and nine works of essays, among then On Photography, which won the National Books Critics Circle Award for criticism. In 2001, Sontag was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work. She died in New York City in 2004.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0312420099
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador; 1st edition (August 25, 2001)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780312420093
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312420093
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.57 x 8.25 inches
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This book is missing one MAJOR thing. She is constantly referencing pictures in this book and this book is text alone. It’s exhausting to constantly set the book down to go and find the proper images on Google. Why not re-write this book with the images included? Her points are long drawn out philosophies which have great points but also feel over-stated. As a photography student I find this book arduous and frustrating. I think the language needs a rewrite for 2020. I’m not sure how this holds 5 stars for a lot of readers.
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