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Roland Barthes


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These essays, as selected and translated by Stephen Heath, are among the finest writings Barthes ever published on film and photography, and on the phenomena of sound and image. The classic pieces \”Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narrative\” and \”The Death of the Author\” are also included.


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ISBN – 9780374521363
Publisher – Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Format – Paperback
Publication Date – 01/07/1978
Dimensions – 203mm X 134mm
Categories – Philosophy

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Roland Barthes
Camera Lucida Vintage Design Edition

An inquiry into a very modern art form – photography. Barthes personal investigation into the meaning of photographs is a seminal work of critical theory of the twentieth century.

Barthes investigation into the meaning of photographs is a seminal work of twentieth-century critical theory. This is a special Vintage Design Edition, with fold-out cover and stunning photography throughout.

Examining themes of presence and absence, these reflections on photography begin as an investigation into the nature of photographs – their content, their pull on the viewer, their intimacy. Then, as Barthes contemplates a photograph of his mother as a child, the book becomes an exposition of his own mind. He was grieving for his mother at the time of writing. Strikingly personal, yet one of the most important early academic works on photography, Camera Lucida remains essential reading for anyone interested in the power of images.

‘Effortlessly, as if in passing, his reflections on photography raise questions and doubts which will permanently affect the vision of the reader’ Guardian