Camera Lucida: Another little history of photography

22Nov09

Batchen, Geoffrey. ‘Camera Lucida: Another little history of photography’ Photography Degree Zero ed. by Geoffrey Batchen (Cambridge, MA; London: MIT, 2007) 259-273

p.260

[Batchen proposes] that Camera Lucida is best read not as a book of critical theory but as a history of photography.

p.261

[describing the lack of illustration of the winter garden photo] Whether real or imaginary, its place in his book is a space into which readers project their own punctum and enact their own primal relationship to a lost loved one.

In both cases, both Barthes and Benjamin seem willing to cross the line into fiction when it suits their purposes; that is, they lie when it allows them to describe a greater truth.

 

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