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Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography
Author: Roland Barthes
ISBN 13: 9780374532338
ISBN 10: 374532338
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Publication Date: 2010-10-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
List Price: $14.00

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.

Anatole Broyard

A considerable part of ''Camera Lucida'' is a semiotic dithyramb, if you can imagine such a thing, on the subject of Mr. Barthes's deceased mother....in ''Camera Lucida'' Mr. Barthes has photographed himself, in words, as ''thus and so,'' and has added to the serenity of the great Oriental sages an inexhaustible originality and a play of mind like the play of sunlight on a grand French boulevard. -- New York Times