Camera Lucida

Camera Lucida

Reflections on Photography

Book - 1981 | 1st American ed
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This personal, wide-ranging, and contemplative volume--and the last book Barthes published--finds the author applying his influential perceptiveness and associative insight to the subject of photography. To this end, several black-and-white photos (by the likes of Avedon, Clifford, Hine, Mapplethorpe, Nadar, Van Der Zee, and so forth) are reprinted throughout the text. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, c1981
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780809033409
Branch Call Number: 770 B285
Characteristics: 119 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Reflections on photography


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Mar 07, 2018

Even though I studied English in college and grad school, I somehow missed the titanic French intellectual/critic Roland Barthes. Well, maybe not so much missed, as avoided. Those French thinkers (Derrida, Foucault, Lacan) were intimidating and, like, crazy hard to read. What's striking about Barthes is that he writes theory as a personal essay, which makes it a little (or petit) more accessible. "Camera Lucida," subtitled "Reflections on Poetry," is maybe his best known work and a good starter book for the curious. I'd also recommend the novel "The Seventh Function of Language," a murder mystery set in the world of French theory and criticism, in which the murder of Barthes is a major plot point.


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