Great for a photographers collection
April 5, 2011
In this amazing textbook Barthes takes us on a somewhat rambling journey as he attempts to understand the essential meaning of photographs and to uncover what it is that a photograph captures. Barthes cites a number of examples and he makes his search for meaning very personal when he discusses in detail his search for, and his understanding of, the photograph which captures the essential spirit of "his mother" for him. The textbook has tedious passages, but does capture some of what transpires when one finds a photograph which appeals. Camera Lucida will be of interest to photographers who care about their craft. For them, the book speaks in words about something they probably already have an implicit understanding of. People who take only casual notice of photographs will likely be bored in reading Camera Lucida, and may never finish the textbook. (The textbook was written before the computer and digital revolution. Thus, a bit of the content is dated by the manipulation of images which that revolution has enabled.)
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