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On Photography

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First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images, which are continually inserted between experience and reality. Sontag here develops further the concept of "transparency". When anything can be photographed, and photography has destroyed the boundaries and definitions of art, a viewer can approach a photograph freely, with no expectations of discovering what it means. This collection of six lucid and invigorating essays, with the most famous being "In Plato's Cave", make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.

©2003 Susan Sontag (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critiques

"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." ( The 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)
" On Photography is to my mind the most original and illuminating study of the subject." (Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker)

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  • Deb
  • 18/10/2013

I'm Glad I Bought, Despite Some Negative Reviews

What three words best describe Jennifer Van Dyck’s voice?

Okay

Any additional comments?

I was concerned that this book would be negative about photography, based on some low star review(s). However, I think Sontag simply points out the many different points of views and backgrounds that photographers express through their work. I feel like Sontag is also giving a valuable history lesson of the leading photographers as well. She seems to also have admiration where she feels it's due, towards photography and photographers. After all, she was Annie Leibovitz's partner for over a decade, encouraged and admired her photography too. I agree with Sontag about both the negative and positive impact that photography can have. I'm glad I decided to listen. A good addition to my MA in photojournalism.

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  • Gene Bowker
  • 02/08/2014

one of the classics on photography

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is an easy listen and is one of the most important books on Photography

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hmm.. it is a selection of essays. The author (not a photographer) was able to write about how photography has influenced the world and been influenced

What about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance did you like?

She has an easy voice to listen to

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Photography's influence on the world

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  • Suzanne
  • 02/02/2017

Deep

I enjoyed it very much--took me right back to my graduate studies and the sheer enjoyment of disciplined scholarly analysis and the "weighing and considering" of insights that spring forth. I will listen to it again!

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  • Chris
  • 21/12/2015

Fantastic, but would rather read.

If you could sum up On Photography in three words, what would they be?

Machine gun thoughts

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this, but I'd recommend getting a non-audiobook version of it. The cadence at which thought provoking sentiments are shared is just too much for an audiobook. You'll want to re-read lines, see names, etc. It's well performed though, if a little monotonous.

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  • elizabeth mccracken
  • 09/03/2019

Sontag rocks!

I love this book and Sontag’s brilliant mind. I am not crazy about the speed and cadence at which Jennifer reads this material.

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  • JoBo
  • 26/05/2018

A picture is worth...,

I found Ms Sontag’s work to be an erudite, informative,historically illuminating journey through the mechanical, Intellectual and artistic processes that reside, sometimes uneasily, under the broad mantel;PHOTOGRAPHY. Well written and wonderfully narrated!! Thank you from a rank amateur photographer!

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  • yoguinha
  • 19/05/2018

An Essential Book on Photography

This book has deeply impacted me many years ago and has become a constant reference. I find myself going back to Susan Sontag’s profound text over and over again. This is the first time I hear it in audio form and I thought it was very good. Narration is clear, paused and deliberate so that it is easy to listen to and follow the complex thoughts and reflect as you go. If you are a photography lover or interested in philosophy and contemporary issues Sontag’s essays won’t disappoint.

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  • Sandman
  • 14/04/2018

Truly insightful and definitive non-fiction book

What made the experience of listening to On Photography the most enjoyable?

This is one of the best books around if your interested in some incredibly penetrating thoughts about photography, its history and its place in the modern world. A minor downside is that its a bit old and doesn't deal with some new issues in photography.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It's non-fiction so no exciting finale other than people are still taking photos 😎

What about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance did you like?

Straightforward and good for the long haul

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This is one non-fiction book that wouldn't make a good film.

Any additional comments?

Susan Sontag was brilliant. I wish she had lived to comment on what's going on with photography now.

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  • MER
  • 16/07/2017

Fantastic

The informational approach to the subject is told with such a great literary style that simply captures the audience's mind , concise and classic, perfect pace and tone for the subject, love every bit of it.

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  • Colvin
  • 17/12/2011

Pompas art school babble

Any additional comments?

Typical holier than thou, pompas poser art school blather. I had to endure endless hours of self gratifying, self agrandizing lectures like this when I attended art school. These were delivered both professors who had never spent a day making art (or making a living from art either) in the real world, and student wanna bes (all of whom are today are gainfully employed as waiteresses, bag boys or art school professors). Pure and unadulterated BS!

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