“ON PHOTOGRAPHY” is a book written by Susan Sontag. The book is a cultural and historical analysis of the photography and also analysis of the meaning behind the picture. When I first opened the book I was a little bit confused, because the book is written in 1997, by that time a lot of things have changed in photography. So how can we relate 40 years old information to nowadays? As I started reading I realised that her descriptions of the way in which people consume photography, are easily applied to nowadays and even many other forms of media as well.
Photography is theft as a form of creation. It relies on something already existing that, most of the time, the photographer has not created them. It turns anything into some kind of art, which explains it’s highly subjective nature.
“A photograph is not just the result of an encounter between an event and a photographer; picture-taking is an event in itself, and one with ever more peremptory rights—to interfere with, to invade, or to ignore whatever is going on. Our very sense of the situation is now articulated by the camera’s interventions. The omnipresence of cameras persuasively suggests that time consists of interesting events, events worth photographing. This, in turn, makes it easy to feel that any event, once underway, and whatever its moral character, should be allowed to complete itself—so that something else can be brought into the world, the photograph.”
‘Souvenirs of daily life‘ is my favourite chapter, because it explains a lot of photographs in nowadays when people are sharing their everyday life details to the rest of the world. So as Susan says ‘Any photograph has multiple meanings.’ Overall I think the most amazing thing about this book is how much you can relate information to photography nowadays.