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Camera Lucida : Reflections on Photography,9780374521349

Camera Lucida : Reflections on Photography

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9780374521349

ISBN10:
0374521344
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
5/1/1982
Publisher(s):
Hill and Wang
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Summary

This personal, wide-ranging, and contemplative volume--and the last book Barthes published--finds the author applying his influential perceptiveness and associative insight to the subject of photography. To this end, several black-and-white photos (by the likes of Avedon, Clifford, Hine, Mapplethorpe, Nadar, Van Der Zee, and so forth) are reprinted throughout the text. Roland Bartheswas born in 1915 and studied French literature and the classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the College de France until his death in 1980. This personal, wide-ranging, and contemplative volumeand the last book Barthes publishedfinds the author applying his influential perceptiveness and associative insight to the subject of photography. To this end, several black-and-white photos (by the likes of Avedon, Clifford, Hine, Mapplethorpe, Nadar, Van Der Zee, and so forth) are reprinted throughout the text. "This is a great book--flawed, impossible, infuriating, and moving . . . but he has accomplished in this extraordinary book something finer than mere polemic. En route to his last painful discovery, Barthes takes the reader on an exquisitely rendered, lyrical journey into the heart of his own life and the medium he came to love, a medium that flirts constantly with the 'intractable reality' of the human condition."--Douglas Davis,Newsweek "This is a great bookflawed, impossible, infuriating, and moving . . . but he has accomplished in this extraordinary book something finer than mere polemic. En route to his last painful discovery, Barthes takes the reader on an exquisitely rendered, lyrical journey into the heart of his own life and the medium he came to love, a medium that flirts constantly with the 'intractable reality' of the human condition."Douglas Davis,Newsweek

Author Biography

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and the classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.

Table of Contents

PART ONE 3(60)
1 Specialty of the Photograph
3(1)
2 The Photograph Unclassifiable
4(4)
3 Emotion as Departure
8(1)
4 OPERATOR, SPECTRUM and SPECTATOR
9(1)
5 He Who Is Photographed
10(6)
6 The SPECTATOR: Chaos of Tastes
16(2)
7 Photography as Adventure
18(2)
8 A Casual Phenomenology
20(3)
9 Duality
23(2)
10 STUDIUM and PUNCTUM
25(2)
11 Studium
27(1)
12 To Inform
28(2)
13 To Paint
30(2)
14 To Surprise
32(2)
15 To Signify
34(4)
16 To Waken Desire
38(2)
17 The Unary Photograph
40(2)
18 Co-presence of the STUDIUM and the PUNCTUM
42(1)
19 PUNCTUM: Partial Feature
43(4)
20 Involuntary Feature
47(2)
21 Satori
49(2)
22 After-the-Fact and Silence
51(4)
23 Blind Field
55(5)
24 Palinode
60(3)
PART TWO 63
25 "One evening ..."
63(1)
26 History as Separation
64(1)
27 To Recognize
65(2)
28 The Winter Garden Photograph
67(4)
29 The Little Girl
71(2)
30 Ariadne
73(1)
31 The Family, the Mother
74(2)
32 "THAT-HAS-BEEN"
76(2)
33 The Pose
78(2)
34 The Luminous Rays, Color
80(2)
35 Amazement
82(3)
36 Authentication
85(4)
37 Stasis
89(3)
38 Flat Death
92(2)
39 Time as PUNCTUM
94(3)
40 Private/Public
97(2)
41 To Scrutinize
99(1)
42 Resemblance
100(3)
43 Lineage
103(3)
44 CAMERA LUCIDA
106(1)
45 The "Air"
107(4)
46 The Look
111(4)
47 Madness, Pity
115(2)
48 The Photograph Tamed
117


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