Posts Tagged ‘Susan Sontag’

Quotations from Sontag’s On Photography

September 5th, 2009

I recently finished reading Susan Sontag’s On Photography [ISBN 0-312-42009-9; Picador, 1973] and, in the spirit of the book itself (which includes a collection of quotations from others), I decided to record some of the most interesting quotations.

I intend to represent her points objectively and don’t necessarily agree with all her statements, but wanted to capture them here.

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Edgar Martins Posts Long Essay Addressing “Confusion” Around His Photographs

August 7th, 2009

Edgar Martins replies to the whole controversy stirred up by his photographs in the NYT Magazine. Read his own words, where he quotes Nietzsche, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag.

None of his post sounds even vaguely like an apology in the modern sense of the word, but an apology in the classical sense — a proof of his beliefs. I should have known I was in trouble when he starts with a quotation from Nietzsche.

[via PDNPulse: Edgar Martins Regrets “Confusion” Over NYT Magazine Photos.]

See also my other posts regarding Mr. Martins.

Essay: Icons as Fact, Fiction and Metaphor – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com

July 27th, 2009

Is photography always honest? Where is the line to be drawn between truth and fiction?

Essay: Icons as Fact, Fiction and Metaphor – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com. [See my post on Edgar Martins, too, here.]

Makes me think of Susan Sontag’s On Photography [page 86]:

A fake photograph (one which has been retouched or tampered with, or whose caption is false) falsifies reality. The history of photography could be recapitulated as the struggle between two different imperatives: beautification, which comes from the fine arts, and truth-telling, which is measured not only by a notion of value-free truth, a legacy from the sciences, but by a moralized ideal of truth-telling, adapted from nineteenth-century literary models and from the (then) new profession of independent journalism. Like the post-romantic novelist and the reporter, the photographer was supposed to unmask hypocrisy and combat ignorance.