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On Photography Paperback – Aug. 25 2001

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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 is the author of four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover and In America; I, Etcetera, a collection of stories; several plays; and five works of nonfiction, among them Illness as a Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors. In 2001 she was awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the body of her work.

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Pauline Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic text on photography to read again and again. ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and to the point. Essential for any early photography student.
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3.0 out of 5 stars making deeply insightful and intellectually sharp points but can be a real endeavour to get through what feels like a generous a
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
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andy
4.0 out of 5 stars I read this book as part of me learning more about photography not so much about the image more about the thought of taking that image ,as a starting point it the book is good probably am going to have to read it again,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important point to start!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best essays about photography
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4.0 out of 5 stars Truth in a time of great deceit.
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