Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticis
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.”
"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.
Table of Contents
In Plato's cave.--America, seen through photographs, darkly.--Melancholy objects.--The heroism of vision.--Photographic evangels.--The image world.--A brief anthology of quotations.