Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. [Part II]

Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. New York, Hill and Wang, 2010. Summary: In the second part of Camera Lucida, Barthes's reflection centers on his mother's absence/presence [in photographs] as a means to get to the noeme [essence] of photography. Through personal reflection and subjective observation, he sifts through studium to locate punctum. Furthermore, he casts … Continue reading Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. [Part II]

Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. [Part I]

Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. New York, Hill and Wang, 2010. Summary: In the first half of Camera Lucida, Barthes unpacks the experiential reading of photography. Uninterested in empirical, rhetorical or aesthetic perspectives, he not only offers language for the affective photography experience, but also asserts that the sensations produced and received [and intra-acting] … Continue reading Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. [Part I]

Sontag, “In Plato’s Cave”

Sontag, Susan. On Photography. New York, Rosetta Books, 1973, pp. 1-19. Summary: Sontag critiques the presence of photography/the photograph through a comparison to Plato's "Allegory of the Cave." She highlights power dynamics, the difference [and distance] between experience and its capture, and the complications of understanding as flattening the camera's capability to capture Reality and Truth … Continue reading Sontag, “In Plato’s Cave”

Punctum: Reflections on Photography, edited by Séamus Kealy

Punctum: Reflections on Photography, edited by Séamus Kealy, Salzburg, Salzburger Kunstverein, 2014. Producing Punctum, Boris Groys Groys compares/contrasts Barthes's analysis of mother-referent photographs to Siegfried Kracauer's analysis of his grandmother's photos in Die Photographie (1927). For Kracauer, every photograph is merely, as he says, a general inventory of diverse fragments or details that lacks any inner unity … Continue reading Punctum: Reflections on Photography, edited by Séamus Kealy