Archive for the ‘Susan Sontag’ Category

Crowther, Paul. ‘The Phenomenology of Photography’ Phenomenology of the Visual Arts (even the frame) (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009) 139-142 p.139 [cites Bourdieu] Bourdieu’s point here is that photography is more than common visual communication, but it, nevertheless, so useful in terms of its mundane social documentary functions that these functions always subvert attempts to […]

Sontag, Susan. ‘In Plato’s Cave’ On Photography (London: Penguin Books, 1979) 3-24 p.3 In teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe. They are a grammar and, even more importantly, an ethics of seeing. Finally the most grandiose […]

Zuromskis, Catherine. ‘On snapshot photography: Rethinking photographic power in public and private spheres’ Photography: Theoretical Snapshots (Oxon: Routledge, 2009) p.49-62 p.49 [discusses Sontag’s essay ‘Regarding the torture of others…’ As more and more photographs are taken and consumed, Sontag argues, the world is atomized into a series of disconnected images and anecdotes. The article, in my […]

The Image-World


Sontag, Susan. ‘The Image-World’ On Photography (London: Penguin Books,  1979) p.153 [On the contrary,] the new age of unbelief strengthened the allegiance to images. The credence that could no longer be given to realities understood in the form of images was now given to realities understood to be images, illusions. [In the preface to the […]