On Photography

On Photography

Paperback - 2001?
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Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticis m.

One of the most highly regarded books of its kind, On Photography first appeared in 1977 and is described by its author as "a progress of essays about the meaning and career of photographs." It begins with the famous "In Plato's Cave"essay, then offers five other prose meditations on this topic, and concludes with a fascinating and far-reaching "Brief Anthology of Quotations."

Publisher: New York : Picador : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2001?], c1977.
ISBN: 9780312420093
0312420099
Branch Call Number: 770.1
TR183 .S65 2001
Characteristics: 208 p. ; 21 cm.

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Jul 07, 2017

I would recommend to read this book for beginners who try to find his own style and clear some "early morning" fog, unless, he is about to jump into the running wheel of attempt of making the prettiest pic in the world.

Useful critique of the photography history in the beginning of book, that falls short of proper conclusion.

On the other hand I see an attempt to inflate significance of photography over the paintings (and other branches of art.) The constant mentioning that photography is the most surreal type of art, can only evoke the thought that author feels insecure regarding the objects of her obsessions ( surrealism and photography as art.)

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