This book is full of famouse / influential essays for photography and a particular essay of interest is ‘See Photographically’ be Edward Weston. In his essay under the section ‘Recording an image’ he describes an image being a piece of art when the artist has pre-visualized his intended work and selected the elements, composed and framed his picture through a planned process. This I feel simply sums up true art and can be applied to music, painting, sculpture any medium that can be hailed as art. additional good essays to read or re-read are Barthes expects from ‘Camera Lucida’ and Rhetoric Of The Image, Walter Benjamin’s extracts from ‘The Work Of Art In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction’. Also there are some good essays on fetishism which helps to understand the full meaning and use of this term, which would typically be only associated with sexual deviations.
Again this was a book listed as recommended reading of my Art of Photography course which had no bearing to the subject matter covered in the syllabus. However, this book made sense with connection to the course on ‘Context and Narrative’ as many of the essays had been referred to or covered, yet it is odd that this book is not on the reading list. I found the book a little dry at times as the essays differ in style; but overall this is a book that I am glad to have read.