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    DescriptionSusan Sontag's On Photography is a seminal and groundbreaking work on the subject. Susan Sontag's groundbreaking critique of photography asks forceful questions about the moral and aesthetic issues surrounding this art form. Photographs are everywhere, and the 'insatiability of the photographing eye' has profoundly altered our relationship with the world. Photographs have the power to shock, idealize or seduce, they create a sense of nostalgia and act as a memorial, and they can be used as evidence against us or to identify us. In these six incisive essays, Sontag examines the ways in which we use these omnipresent images to manufacture a sense of reality and authority in our lives. "Sontag offers enough food for thought to satisfy the most intellectual of appetites". (The Times). "A brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking at the world, and at ourselves". (Washington Post). "The most original and illuminating study of the subject". (New Yorker). One of America's best-known and most admired writers, Susan Sontag was also a leading commentator on contemporary culture until her death in December 2004. Her books include four novels and numerous works of non-fiction, among them Regarding the Pain of Others, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, At the Same Time, Against Interpretation and Other Essays and Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1963, all of which are published by Penguin. A further eight books, including the collections of essays Under the Sign of Saturn and Where the Stress Falls, and the novels The Volcano Lover and The Benefactor, are available from Penguin Modern Classics.


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    Title
    On Photography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Susan Sontag
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 110 mm
    Height: 178 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141035789
    ISBN 10: 0141035781
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.4
    BIC subject category V2: AJ
    DC22: 770
    Libri: ENGM3500
    Ingram Subject Code: AP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25870
    DC22: 770.1
    BISAC V2.8: PHO005000
    Libri: FOTO2710
    Thema V1.0: AJ
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    01 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Susan Sontag was an American essayist, novelist, filmmaker and activist.
    Review quote
    "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"""