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A graceful, contemplative volume, Camera Lucida was first published in 1979. Commenting on artists such as Avedon, Clifford, Mapplethorpe, and Nadar, Roland Barthes presents photography as being outside the codes of language or culture, acting on the body as much as on the mind, and rendering death and loss more acutely than any other medium. This groundbreaking approach e ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Hill and Wang (first published 1980)
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Huda Yahya
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, art

ما يرفع من شأن الصورة هو الحب .. الحب المفرط
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رولان بارت الفيلسوف الفريد من نوعه
في غرفته المضيئة شديدة التميز
هنا سنرى الصورة تحت الأضواء الكاشفة
أضواء بارت .. وليس سواه

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هو "أنا " الذى لا يتطابق أبدا مع صورتى
لأن الصورة هي التي تبدو ثقيلة..ساكنة..عنيدة
وهو "أنا" الذى أبدو خفيفا منقسما مشتتا
لا أبقى ساكنا
بل مهتاجا في إنائي كعفريت العلبة
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إنها مضات فكرية أدبية تأملية
ذاتية تماما
يتأمل بارت الصورة وما تشعله بداخله من دهشة
يغوص إلى عالم أبعد من مكان الصورة من التاريخ
باحثا عن جوهرها
و
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فرشاد
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
در بیست و پنج فوریه سال هزار و نهصد و هشتاد، ضیافت ناهار به دعوت جک لانگ، وزیر فرهنگ فرانسه در پاریس برگزار شده بود. این ضیافت، در واقع کمپینی برای حمایت از حزب سوسیالیست فرانسه برای شرکت در انتخابات سال پیشرو بود که تعداد زیادی از نویسندگان و روشنفکران مطرح فرانسوی از جمله رولان بارت در آن حضور داشتند.

بعد از پایان مراسم، در حدود ساعت پنج عصر، بارت که درصدد عبور از خیابان بود، ابتدا به سمت چپ و با اندکی مکث به سمت راست خیابان نگاه کرد، هر چند این درنگ، مانع از آن نشد که رولان بارت نتواند خودرو و
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Ahmad Sharabiani
La chambre claire: Note sur la photographie = Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, Roland Barthes
Camera Lucida (French: La chambre claire) is a short book published in 1980 by the French literary theorist and philosopher Roland Barthes. It is simultaneously an inquiry into the nature and essence of photography and a eulogy to Barthes' late mother. The book investigates the effects of photography on the spectator (as distinct from the photographer, and also from the object photographed, whi
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Steven Godin
In Camera Lucida, literary theorist, philosopher, and linguist Roland Barthes attempts to find the essence of photography and how photography affects him as the spectator of photographs. It also serves as a poignant eulogy to his mother, who passed away in 1977, and he shows a grieving pain that is reflected throughout Camera Lucida. Barthes himself lost his life three years later, after being knocked down by a van whilst walking to his Parisian home.

Barthes approaches his analysis of photograp
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David
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For Barthes, every photograph, rather than being a representation, is an expression of loss. The photograph, like all art which precedes it, attempts to eternalize its subject, to imbue it with life-forever, to blend the beautiful with the infinite; but it fails, it reminds us only of mortality (death is the mother of beauty). Try though it may, and despite its resemblance to life, the photo can never extend a life which is lost, or a life which is passing.
I had understood that henceforth I mu
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Michael
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the last book written by the renowned French master of linguistic semiotics and literary criticism before he died in 1980. It is a short (120 page) exploration of the unique qualities of photography compared to other forms of representation. The book was a rewarding book for me to think about photography in unfamiliar ways. I ended up making friends with the paradoxical concept that photographs do their magic by authentically capturing “what has been” while at the same time demonstratin ...more
Zanna
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd never thought much about Barthes method until I read Sara Ahmed's book Queer Phenomenology in which she draws attention to the labour that enables Husserl to sit and think at his table; the work of childcare and table clearing performed, probably, by women. Ahmed has inspired me to ask what Barthes is doing here, and Barthes has helpfully told me; he is forthright; perhaps that is why I find his writing appealing; I am engaged by honesty and directness. He looks at photographs; he thinks abo ...more
Pourya Safari
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"او مرده است و او قرار است بمیرد"

■در سوگ مادر■

یکی از عجیب ترین کتابهایی که خوندم و یکی از عجیب ترین نویسنده هایی که دیدم(خوندمش)
اتاق روشن رولان بارت در واقع مرثیه این نظریه پرداز برای فوت مادرش است که حاوی تئوری ها و نظراتش در باب عکاسی است.بارت به زیبایی هرچه تمام تر "عکس" را از دیدگاه خود و از زوایای روانشناسی و جامعه شناسی و تاریخی و بعضا فلسفی بررسی میکند.
در کتاب از دو مفهوم بسیار مهم اسم برده میشود.
۱.استودیوم
۲.پونکتوم
نحوه ی تشریح و توضیح عکسها توسط بارت بسیار منحصر بفرد هستش.
جایی در تعریف
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Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Μετά από 2,5 χρόνια καταφέρνω και τελειώνω τον φωτεινό θάλαμο. Ένα βιβλίο που είναι καλό (όντως είναι) για αυτούς που θέλουν να δουν την φωτογραφία σε ένα άλλο επίπεδο. Να μάθουν να διαβάζουν τις εικόνες με τέτοιο τρόπο ώστε να μπουν στο μυαλό του φωτογράφου και να βρουν την αιτία που τον έκανε να "κλικάρει" την συγκεκριμένη εικόνα, την συγκεκριμένη στιγμή με την συγκεκριμένη γωνία λήψης.
Οπτική αντίληψη, φιλοσοφικές προσεγγίσεις από τον Barthes που εμένα με άφησαν λίγο αδιάφορη αλλά καθόλου ασύμ
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أَحمَد إبرَاهِيم
إسقاط تأملات الفوتوغرافيا على القائد، الرئيس، الركن ، الطبيب، المشير، بلحة...

"قد يحدث أن أكون مُراقباً دون أن أدري، ولكني في أحيان كثيرة وبمشيئتي يتم تصويري على دراية مني.
بيد أني متى أشعر أنني مُراقَب من قبل العدسة، حتى يتغير كلّ شئ، أتشكّل منشغلاً باتخاذ وضعاً أمام الكاميرا ، أصنع لنفسي في الحال جسدا آخر،




أتحول سلفاً إلى صورة ،و أشعر أن الصورة توجِد جسدي وتُميته، وفقاً ﻹرادتها الخاصة، تجعلني طيباً ...



أو حتى بسيمائي الغاضبة والمخوفة في بلاهة كهاهنا...



هل سوف أولد من شخص ثقيل الظل أم من شخص ل
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Ezgi
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: düşünce, yabancı
Fotoğraf konusunun ölüm ve zaman konularını içine alacak şekilde yorumlanmış ve felsefileştirilmiş hali.
s. 69:
"Görüntü için gerekli koşul, görmedir" demiş Janouch, Kafka'ya; Kafka da gülümseyerek yanıtlamış: "Biz nesneleri aklımızdan çıkarmak için fotoğraflarız. Öykülerim, gözlerimi kapamamın bir yoludur."
Alejandro
Mar 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
while to many this book is another of barthes extended fragmentary ramblings on modern media, this is actually a touching novella about a solitary man's recognition of his own humanity upon the death of his mother. he so longs for transcendence, redemption, and eternal life and he prays it might come through the archives and the text. and yet he sadly worries it might not. and that his intellectual musings have somehow missed the point. if you ever wondered what in search of lost time was really ...more
Ryan
Jul 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theory
Along with Susan Sontag's On Photography, Camera Lucida is one of the earliest and still most frequently cited analyses of the medium. This might seem strange considering how personal and 'literary' it is, but, whether for or against, academics continue to use this little book to make all sorts of exaggerated claims about visual culture.

As he acknowledges, Barthes' take on photography is determined by a phenomenological reduction. "...I decided to take myself as a mediator for all Photography. S
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Tuna Turan
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bazen bir kadrajın karşısına geçer poz veririz bazen de biz istemeden bir kareye gireriz. O an yaşanmıştır ve bir kareye kaydedilmiştir. Sadece bu. Fotoğraf karesindeki herkesin ölmüş olabileceği ve ölecek olması muhtemeldir. Fotoğrafın sonsuza dek kopyaladığı şey aslında yalnız bir kere olmuştur. Fotoğraf ve ölüm üzerine yazılmış mükemmel bir kitap. Fotoğrafa biraz ilgisi olan kişilerin mutlaka okuması gerekir.

‘Ben öldükten sonra bir başkası tarafından çöpe atılacak olan şu fotoğrafla birlikte
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Narjes Dorzade
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
. به خاطر خوب دیدن یک عکس ، بهترین کار این است که از آن روبرگردانی یا چشمانت را بر آن فروبندی .
" شرط لازم یک تصویر ، یک نظر است ." این را یانوش به کافکا گفت ، و کافکا لبخندی زد و پاسخ داد : ما از چیزها عکس می گیریم تا از فکرمان بیرون شان کنیم . داستان های من راهی بر بستن چشمانم هستند . عکس باید ساکت باشد . ( عکس هایی هستند رجز خوان ، که من هیچ دوست شان ندارم ) .
این مسئله نه به پنهان کاری ، بل به موسیقی برمی گردد . ذهنیت مطلق ، صرفا در یک حالت به دست آمدنی است ، در سعی به سکوت ، ( بستن دیدگان ت
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Mana H
بارت در کتاب "اتاق روشن" از عکسهایی حرف می زند که به هیجانش آورده اند یا زخمش زده اند -که او این خاصیت زخم زننده را پنهان در چیزی می داند که پونکتومش می خواند- و در روند پدیدارشناسی عکسهای مهم زندگی اش، می رسد به عکس باغ زمستانی که کودکی مادرش را در خود دارد –بارت کتاب را یکی دو سالی پس از مرگ مادر نوشت- بارت در کتاب، تصویر تمام عکسهایی را که درباره شان حرفی می زند، یا ذکری می رود ازشان، منتشر کرده است، با تاریخ و جزئیات. –مضحک اینکه در چاپ جدیدی از ترجمه فارسی که من دارم، کیفیت عکسها اینقدر بد ...more
Jon Anzalone
Dec 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Patronizing and solipsistic as a discussion of photography. Barthes spends ample time assigning Latin names to elements of what is, essentially, irony, identifies their interaction as either clever or lame, and then abandons them. Other elements of photography are not considered, and instead he marvels at the possibility that the subject of an old photo may still be alive. He so much as admits he knows not much about photography, and goes on to talk at great length about himself instead.

I've be
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Hani
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is THE PHOTOGRAPHY ! This is THE real art. The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here; the duration of the transmission is insignificant; the photograph of the missing being, as Sontag says, will touch me like the delayed rays of a star.
I have found my soul on Photography. Thats it.
Trevor
This is a curious little book, and it really is a little book – only 119 pages. It is curious because it is two books. The first is a kind of philosophical discussion on the nature of photography. He says many very interesting things here – interesting in a philosophical kind of way. He starts with the basics and works his way up from there. For example, he says we can have three relationships to photographs: we can take them (he doesn’t take them so he has virtually nothing to say about this), ...more
hayatem
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أخرى
كتاب جميل يقدم من خلاله رولان بارت الفتوغرافيا برؤية فلسفية فمنولوجية خاصة. بمعنى أدق صورة ذاتية في التصور والفكر .

مساعي بارت في الفتوغرافيا كانت في سبيل الخروج والوصول الى استنتاجات غير التي تكون متبوعة او مشروحة بمنظور اجتماعي، وذلك بغرض مقاومة اي نظام مختزل!
ومن منطلق خبرة الذات المشاهدة، وخبرة الموضوع المشاهد، علاقة الدال الفوتوغرافي ،
سيمياء الصورة الفوتوغرافية، والنظر وراء الصورة الكلية ومحاولة القبض على ذلك الشيء الخفي والغير ظاهر.

( البوكنتوم) وهو مصطلح اخترعه بارت، ويطلقه على التفصيلة
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David
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I spent this afternoon looking through old black & white photos from the fifties taken by my father, of the extended family. My cousins, now dead or old, as they were when young, at birthday, Easter and Christmas parties, and my mother as an attractive young woman with her life before her. Of myself in one group photo, aged 1 year, somewhat annoyed at sliding off my cousin Janet’s 8-year-old knee as I try to read my book, believe it or not!

I’ve often thought this – that when you look into a
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Roya
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could give it tens of thousands of stars, and still it wouldn't be enough.
Walid Elalfy
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

هو "انا " الذى لا يتطابق ابدا مع صورتى , لان الصوره هى التى تبدو ثقيله ,ساكنه, عنيده وهو "انا" الذى ابدو خفيفا منقسما ,مشتتا ,كعفريت العلبه ,لا ابقى ساكنا ,بل مهتاجا فى انائى
صان
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
خیلی سخت نوشته شده ولی گاهن ک فهمیده میشه مفاهیم خیلی جذابی توشه!
Sylvie
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read many good reviews of this book on Good Reads, so why do I feel driven to add to them? Mainly because it is one of the books I go back to again and again, a book that encapsulates for me the pathos of the captured image, the inherent sadness of human life. We start off with high hopes, we think we can conquer the world with all the wonders it has to offer, and that is true of course for a time. Since the middle of the 19th century, the new technology, photography, cinema, gave people th ...more
Elias Bahrami
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
پنج ستاره نه؛چون بخش قابل توجهیش رو نفهمیدم اصن و نمیتونم نظر بدم در موردشون.چهار ستاره چرا؛چون بخشایی که فهمیدم خیلی خوب بود.
همیشه در مورد هنر و به ویژه عکاسی فکر کرده بودم اما بیشتر به بخش تاثیر آن میپرداختم و نه ماهیتش.حال اینکه این کتاب بیشتر در مورد دومی صحبت کرده است که از اولی عمیقتر و ریشه ای تراست.به شدت منتظر اون روزی ام که بتونم تمام این کتاب رو بفهمم.
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"عکاسی سوژه را به ابژه تبدیل می کند"
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"من بی وقفه از خودم تقلید میکنم و به همین خاطر هرگاه عکاسی میشوم همواره از احساس بی اصالتی و بدلی
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أحمد زبيدة
قرأت هذا الكتاب مرتين .. مرة باللغة العربية وهذه المرة بالفرنسية، الكاتب ليس مصور فوتوغرافي ولكنه من محبيه، وهو واضع أسس النقد السيميولوجي، تناول الصورة الفوتوغرافية من الجانب الحسي كمتأمل لها وباحث في علاماتها ودلالاتها ومدلولاتها، هذا الكتاب أنار أمامي الطريق نحو الفوتوغرافيا المفاهيمية وفهمت من خلاله لا العلاقة بين المصور والصورة دائمة الذكر وإنما العلاقة بين الصورة ومشاهد الصورة كعلاقة خاصة غير متكررة بين المشاهد والآخر حيث يسبحون في بحر التأويل اللامتناهي والذي تقودهم فيه تجاربهم الشخصية وا ...more
Melika Khoshnezhad
من هیچ دانشی درباره ی عکاسی نداشتم ولی همیشه دلم میخواست یه چیزایی ازش سر در بیارم در حالی که وارد بحث های تکنیکی و ایناش نشم. بیشتر دلم میخواست درباره ی خودش بفهمم. درباره ی معنی اش. و این کتاب خب یه جورایی دقیقن همون چیزی بود که من می خواستم و از خوندنش خیلی لذت بردم. مخصوصن بخش دومش که درباره ی مادرش و عکس کودکی مادرش بود. در حالی که خیلی غم انگیز بود ولی خیلی هم لذت بخش بود.
Aya
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads, favorites
"الفوتوغرافيا في الحقيقة انقلابية، ليس عندما تُفزع وتكدر أو حتى توصم بالعار، ولكن حين تُفكر"

رغم بعض عيوب الترجمة والحواشي أعطيه 5، الكتاب في ذاته رؤية نقدية فنية رائعة، لوحة كبيرة تغوص في تفاصيل الصورة
Caitlin Park
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Roland Barthes’ "Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography" is a collection of thoughts regarding the experience of viewing the photograph. The famous French literary theorist and philosopher wrote Camera Lucida in 1980 shortly after the death of his mother. He discovered the true value of photography after finding the ‘perfect’ photograph of her, a single frame capturing her entire essence that brought her back to life. Barthes’ Reflections unfold in forty eight investigative chapters, ultimate ...more
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Roland Gérard Barthes was a French literary theorist, philosopher, linguist, critic, and semiotician. Barthes' ideas explored a diverse range of fields and he influenced the development of schools of theory including structuralism, semiotics, social theory, design theory, anthropology, and post-structuralism.
“Ultimately — or at the limit — in order to see a photograph well, it is best to look away or close your eyes. 'The necessary condition for an image is sight,'Janouch told Kafka; and Kafka smiled and replied: 'We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes.” 130 likes
“What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” 121 likes
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