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Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

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  • Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography (Hill & Wang) – Trade paperback (2010)
    by Professor Roland Barthes, Richard Howard (Translator), Geoff Dyer (Foreword by)

    Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

    Trade paperback, Hill & Wang
    2010
    English
    144 pages

    ISBN: 0374532338
    ISBN-13: 9780374532338

    A graceful, contemplative volume, "Camera Lucida "was first published in 1979. Commenting on artists such as Avedon, Clifford, Mapplethorpe, and Nadar, Roland Barthes presents photography as being outside the codes of language or culture, acting on the body as much as on the mind, and rendering death and loss more acutely than any other medium. This groundbreaking approach established "Camera Lucida "as one of the most important books of theory on the subject, along with Susan Sontag's "On Photography."

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Reviews of Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

Overall customer rating: 2.500
WaltMaken

Interesting observations

by WaltMaken on Jun 27, 2013

I originally ordered the book because I thought it might have insights into the Kickstarter project with the same subject name (See http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/neolucida/neolucida-a-portable-camera-lucida-for-the-21st-ce ) Turned out the book had no insights into the device that is the subject of the Kickstarter project. However, since I had the book, I went ahead and read it. Surprisingly, I found myself underlining many thoughts by the author. It is a good book to get one thinking more deeply about "photography" and it's impact on our lives. Would definitely recommend the book.

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Clifford T

ALMOST UNREADABLE

by Clifford T on Jan 28, 2011

If you are a practical photographer seeking a 'new read' about photography in general my advice would be - Don't waste your time trying to read this book. I say 'trying' because Roland Barthes is a distinguished French PHILOSOPHER and he writes as you would expect an academic philosopher to write - gobbledegook. I stayed with a couple of hours before flinging it to the floor in dismay. If you have a copy give it to someone you don;t like.

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