Jun 24, 12
Read in June, 2012
I bought this book on a business trip in London.
Having studied photography in college, I was interested to hear an academic analysis of how photography has influenced our culture. Sontag's book is perfect for that.
The reason I did not give it a higher rating is because I am so curious to see how nearly 40 years later how the following technology trends have altered the way photography has turned into a commodity:
- digital cameras
- digital uploads (e.g. Flickr; Facebook)
- digital apps like Instragram
- the ubiquity of mobile phones with built-in cameras
- the prevalence of CCTV cameras in most major cities
Anyone and everyone carries a camera with them (e.g. via mobile phones). And everyone posts photos to sites like Yelp, Facebook, and Foursquare.
I have a feeling someone needs to do a thorough analysis of how photography is perceived in the 21st Century. And how it's influence has changed.
Is an photo image just another commodity like a memory and story?
What makes photography art in today's world?
Can photography be "art"?
I look forward to someone following-up on Susan Sontag's "On Photography". I would definitely buy their book/article.