Camera Lucida:Reflections on Photography
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Camera Lucida:Reflections on Photography

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Examining the themes of presence and absence, the relationship between photography and theatre, history and death, these 'reflections on photography' begin as an investigation into the nature of photographs. Then, as Barthes contemplates a photograph of his mother as a child, the book becomes an exposition of his own mind.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 10mm | 100g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1
  • 0099225417
  • 9780099225416
  • 11,015

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"Of all his works it is the most accessible in language and the most revealing about the author. And effortlessly, as if in passing, his reflections on photography raise questions and doubts which will permanently affect the vision of the reader" Guardian "I am moved by the sense of discovery in Camera Lucida, by the glimpse of a return to a lost world" New Society "Profoundly shaped the way the medium is regarded" -- Geoff Dyer Guardianshow more

About Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literarture and classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.show more

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'His reflections on photography raise questions and doubts which will permanently affect the vision of the reader' Guardian Examining the themes of presence and absence, the relationship between photography and theatre, history and death, these 'reflections on photography' begin as an investigation into the nature of photographs. Then, as Barthes contemplates a photograph of his mother as a child, the book becomes an exposition of his own mind. See also: Mythologiesshow more

Review Text

"Of all his works it is the most accessible in language and the most revealing about the author. And effortlessly, as if in passing, his reflections on photography raise questions and doubts which will permanently affect the vision of the reader"show more

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