Susan Sontag: On Photography
Susan Sontag’s On Photography is a seminal and groundbreaking work on the subject.
This critique of photography asks forceful questions about the moral and aesthetic issues surrounding this art form. Photographs are everywhere, and the ‘insatiability of the photographing eye’ has profoundly altered our relationship with the world. Photographs have the power to shock, idealize or seduce, creating a sense of nostalgia and acting as a memorial. They can also be used as evidence against us or to identify us, as part of the surveillance culture in which our society is embedded.
In these six incisive essays, Sontag examines the ways in which we use these omnipresent images to manufacture a sense of reality and authority in our lives. With this information, we can change our ways of seeing and understanding both photography and images in general.
Also by Susan Sontag in our collection: Regarding the Pain of Others.