Book Beat’s Reading Group Selection for March is On Photography by Susan Sontag. The Reading Group will meet on Wednesday, March 26 at 7pm in the Goldfish Teahouse (117 W 4th St #101, in downtown Royal Oak). Books are discounted 15% at Book Beat. All are welcome!
“To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed. Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder – a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.”
? Susan Sontag, On Photography
“A brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking at the world and at ourselves over the last 140 years.”—Washington Post Book World
“Every page of On Photography raises important and exciting questions about its subject and raises them in the best way.”—The New York Times Book Review
Winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Criticism (1977)
One of the most highly regarded books of its kind, On Photography first appeared in 1977 and is described by its author as “a progress of essays about the meaning and career of photographs.” It begins with the famous “In Plato’s Cave”essay, then offers five other prose meditations on this topic, and concludes with a fascinating and far-reaching “Brief Anthology of Quotations.”