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On Photographyby Susan Sontag
Synopses & Reviews
Walter Benjaminandrsquo;s 1931 essay andldquo;A Short History of Photographyandrdquo; is a landmark in the understanding and criticism of the medium, offering surprising new takes on such photographic pioneers as David Octavius Hill and Nicandeacute;phore Niandeacute;pce and their aesthetic and technical achievements.
On Photography presents a new translation of that essay along with a number of other writings by Benjamin, some of them presented in English for the first time. Translator and editor Esther Leslie sets Benjaminandrsquo;s work in context with prefaces to each piece and contributes a substantial introduction that considers Benjaminandrsquo;s engagement with photography in all its forms, including early commercial studio photography, the uses of photography in science, and much more.and#160;
Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism.
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 Platos Cave”essay, then offers five other prose meditations on this topic, and concludes with a fascinating and far-reaching “Brief Anthology of Quotations.”
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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