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Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography (1980)

by Roland Barthes

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A graceful, contemplative volume,Camera Lucidawas first published in 1979. Commenting on artists such as Avedon, Clifford, Mapplethorpe, and Nadar, Roland Barthes presents photography as being outside the codes of language or culture, acting on the body as much as on the mind, and rendering death and loss more acutely than any other medium. This groundbreaking approach establishedCamera Lucidaas one of the most important books of theory on the subject, along with Susan Sontag'sOn Photography.… (more)
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    On Photography by Susan Sontag (chrisharpe)
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    Ways of Seeing by John Berger (chrisharpe)
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    Ghost Image by Hervé Guibert (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Guibert knew Barthes and his book was written as a response to Barthes’ book.
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    Le mystère de la chambre claire : Photographie et inconscient by Serge Tisseron (greuh)
    greuh: Le livre de Barthes est évoqué à de nombreuses reprises dans le livre de Tisseron, qui critique la démarche de Barthes. Une lecture du livre de Barthes devrait donc enrichir, je pense, le lecteur du livre de Tisseron. Même si je ne l'ai pas fait...
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    Nox by Anne Carson (emydid)
    emydid: Both are explorations of loss, death, and essence by way of triangulation through a third object (a Catullus poem in the case of Carson; photographs in the case of Barthes).
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Read an excerpt from this book in a photography class in undergrad; re-read the section on "punctum" March 2021.
  JennyArch | Mar 31, 2021 |
I totally forgot I had this book!
  wickenden | Mar 8, 2021 |
A really great book about the personal relationship to photography that is somewhat prophetic and entirely fascinating, from the mind of one of the most important thinkers on the transmission of information in the 20th Century. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
Based on 48 fragments of philosophical insights about photography, this short book is at its core about love and grief, written after the loss of Barthes’ mother in 1977 with whom he had lived most of his life. He starts looking for her among old photographs and time and again the face he finds is not hers, even if she looks like herself. He ends up discovering her true likeness, the "air" that he remembers, in a picture of his mother at five years old taken by a provincial photographer in a winter garden in 1898. ( )
  Acia | Jun 30, 2020 |
Il potere della fotografia in un testo complesso e poetico tuttora indispensabile. ( )
  carben | Mar 24, 2020 |
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Freiberga, ElgaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howard, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jāne, ArtaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lapinska, IevaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Petříček, MiroslavTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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En hommage à L'imaginaire de Sartre.
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Un jour, il y a bien longtemps, je tombai sur une photographie du dernier frère de Napoléon, Jérôme (1852).
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A graceful, contemplative volume,Camera Lucidawas first published in 1979. Commenting on artists such as Avedon, Clifford, Mapplethorpe, and Nadar, Roland Barthes presents photography as being outside the codes of language or culture, acting on the body as much as on the mind, and rendering death and loss more acutely than any other medium. This groundbreaking approach establishedCamera Lucidaas one of the most important books of theory on the subject, along with Susan Sontag'sOn Photography.

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