Susan Sontag : On Photography (DISCUSSION)

As per many suggestions from the group members who have attended our previous two meetings, our new title is Susan Sontag : On Photography. My edition (ISBN[masked]) includes the following essays:

- In Plato's Cave

- America, Seen Through Photographs, Darkly

-Melancholy Objects

-The Heroism of Vision

-Photographic Evangels

-The Image-World

- A Brief Anthology of Quotations


I suggest that we read and discuss the first six essays (some 180 pages total); while some of us may have already read Sontag's works (myself included), I believe her texts remain worthy of revisiting. I scheduled the meeting for Sunday, Dec 16 (cannot do Saturday 12/15), but if it is better for the members, I can host the discussion the following Saturday, Dec 22, so do let me know!

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  • Joey

    Was it only last week there was a front page photo on a newspaper tabloid (Rupert Murdoch's NY Post?) of a man about to be hit by a subway train. There was some criticism of the photographer for not running to the aid of the victim. the photogrwpher thought it worthwile to be interviewed on TV news. This link dated 12/5 is the most recent that I found on the story and I haven't seen any followup re the fate of the "doomed" man.
    Sontag substantially makes the same point in her discussion of Diane Arbus. It wasn't very long ago when Roman Polansky--having fled a criminal conviction for drugging with animal tranquilizer and statuary rape of a minor--was being defended by fellow artists on the basis of his being a great artist. He is, but are great artists and the like entitled to a moral pass? And are artists and those who esteem art entitled to award it?

    December 13, 2012

    • Joey

      Smartphone photography and Abu Gharib have a lot in common.

      December 13, 2012

    • Joey

      And also in common in Leibovitz' photo of Sontag asleep is a trivial but otherwise telling and perhaps unseemly display of private life. It used to be only the homeless who lived their whole life in public.

      December 13, 2012

  • Clementine

    Hi everyone! If you are interested, I have the PDF version of the book. You can download it from my drop box:
    Enjoy it and see you on December 16th!

    November 23, 2012

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