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Examining the themes of presence and absence, the relationship between photography and theatre, history and death, these 'reflections on photography' begin as an investigation into the nature of photographs. Then, as Barthes contemplates a photograph of his mother as a child, the book becomes an exposition of his own mind.

Key Features
Author(s)Roland Barthes
PublisherVintage
Date of Publication15/07/1993
LanguageEnglish
FormatPaperback
ISBN-100099225417
ISBN-139780099225416
SubjectCultural Studies

Publication Data
Place of PublicationLondon
Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ImprintVintage
Content Note1

Dimensions
Weight141 g
Width129 mm
Height198 mm
Spine11 mm

Credits
Translated byRichard Howard

Editorial Details
Format DetailsB-format paperback

Description
Author BiographyRoland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literarture and 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 professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.

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Camera Lucida (English)

by Roland Barthes

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Language English

Examines the themes of presence and absence, the relationship between photography and theatre, history and death. This title offers an investigation into the nature of photographs.

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This was Roland Barthes's last book, combining a selection of photographs with reflections on photography. Examining the themes of presence and absence, the relationship between photography and theatre, history and death, the book begins as an investigation into the nature of photographs. Then, as Barthes contemplates a photograph of his mother as a child, it becomes an exposition of his own mind.

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'Roland Barthes' final book - less a critical essay than a suite of valedictory meditations - is his most beautiful, and most painful' Observer

Author Biography

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literarture and 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 professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.

Review

"Of all his works it is the most accessible in language and the most revealing about the author. And effortlessly, as if in passing, his reflections on photography raise questions and doubts which will permanently affect the vision of the reader" Guardian "I am moved by the sense of discovery in Camera Lucida, by the glimpse of a return to a lost world" New Society "Profoundly shaped the way the medium is regarded" -- Geoff Dyer Guardian

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Beautifully reissued alongside Mythologies

Kirkus US Review

Nothing is more present or more mysterious, still, than the Photograph - so one blinks only at Barthes' assumption, at the start of these meditations on its nature, that he is doing something exceptional. More unusual, for such endeavors and for Barthes, is his directness (rendered in limpid prose by Richard Howard). What is there in certain photographs, he asks, that attracts me? The investigation, then, is subjective - no visual-arts touchstones, no socioeconomic ballast. Barthes distinguishes between a general interest in a scene, which he calls (with his penchant for coining terms) the stadium, and something "which arises from the scene, shoots out of it like an arrow, and pierces me": the puncture. Though he errs in supposing that the punctum, in the photographs he cites, is necessarily accidental (surely the Nicaraguan nuns were as important to photographer Koen Wessing as the Nicaraguan soldiers), he exactly names the sort of detail which, from photographer to photographer, surprises: "one boy's bad teeth" in a William Klein scene of Little Italy, the dirt road in a Kertesz picture of a blind gypsy violinist ("I recognize, with my whole body, the straggling villages I passed through on my long-ago travels in Hungary and Rumania"). Other recognitions, other distinctions emerge - between "landscapes of predilection" (where one feels one has been, or is going) and tourist photographs; between erotica ("disturbed, fissured") and pornography. But it is in searching back through photographs of his mother, after her death, that Barthes arrives at the essence, for him, of photography: one childhood picture, not reproducible ("It exists only for me"), but a "just image." Grander statements appear - to the effect, for one, that photography alone authenticates existence and foretells death - but it is the emotional experience of photographs, ordinarily the preserve of fiction, that resonates here. Readers of Susan Sontag's On Photography will find Barthes a gentler, more private, also insinuating voice on the subject. (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • ISBN0099225417
  • Title Camera Lucida
  • Year 1993
  • Translator Richard Howard
  • ISBN-10 0099225417
  • ISBN-13 9780099225416
  • Format Paperback
  • Publication Date 1993-07-15
  • Imprint Vintage
  • Subtitle Reflections on Photography
  • Place of Publication London
  • Country of Publication United Kingdom
  • Translated from French
  • DEWEY 770.92
  • Illustrations 1
  • Birth 1915
  • Death 1980
  • Author Roland Barthes
  • Media Book
  • Pages 144
  • Publisher Vintage
  • Tag vintageclassics
  • Short Title CAMERA LUCIDA
  • Language English
  • Residence US
  • Affiliation Formerly, University of Paris
  • Dimensions129mm x 198mm x 11mm

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