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هو "أنا" الذي لا يتطابق أبدا مع صورتي لأن الصورة هي التي تبدو ثقيلة ساكنة عنيدة (ولهذا يدعمها المجتمع) وهو "أنا" الذي أبدو خفيفا منقسما مشتتا كعفريت العلبة لا أبقى ساكنا بل مهتاجا في إنائي...

تقدم الصورة على مستوى تخيلي هذه اللحظة شديدة الغموض حيث للحق أقول لا أكون ذاتا ولا موضوعا ولكن بالأحرى ذاتا تشعر بأنها تصير موضوعا: أعيش من ثم تجربة مصغرة للموت...

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Paperback, 118 pages
Published 2010 by المركز القومي للترجمة (first published 1980)
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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,
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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
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Luís C.
Thanks to Roland Barthes!
He made me understand what photography is in its natural dimension, beyond that of technique. It is a state of mind, the device being only the extension of the eye. The important thing is to learn to SEE before handling the lens, to affirm a REGARD that arises on the mundane things of life, to feel a framing that questions! Dig a surprising subject! Watch intelligent and build a deep, self-evident image. The unique one!
Instinct turns out to be a visual set-top box,
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David
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 demonstrating ...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 ...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.
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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
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 doesnt take them so he has virtually nothing to say about this), we ...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
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Jonfaith
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theory
It is said that mourning, by its gradual labour, slowly erases pain; I could not, I cannot believe this; because for me, Time eliminates the emotion of loss (I do note weep), that is all.
[listening to Philip Jeck's 7 album as I write, appropriate, evocative.]

This treatment of photography appears grounded in a sense of time and thus in a sense of loss. Ephemeral beings contemplating moments which are lost--even if preserved in an image, the distillation of memory obscures and distorts. Barthes
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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.
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 Janets 8-year-old knee as I try to read my book, believe it or not!

Ive 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.
Caitlin Park
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, ultimately ...more
Sylvie
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ive 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 the ...more
Spyros Passas
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barthes final book is an agonising, almost painful, quest to identify the nature (the eidos in the author's words) of photography. Barthes initially attempts to tear apart photography into its emotional elements, looking through the prism of his own desire for pleasure and examining photographs by the notions of studium (the general, enthusiastic likeness but without special acuity) and punctum (the element that disturbs the studium, an accident that pricks and bruises).

Identifying that this
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Earline
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: photographers
As a photographer I've always wanted to read Barthes and decided to just jump into Camera Lucida... apparently I've been in a French Philosophy/Theory mood lately. The style of Barthes' writing makes this text very accessible and I enjoyed experiencing his journey through understanding photography. In the end I was disappointed because his conclusions are pretty much the complete opposite of my views of photography, and I think that his detachment from the photographic process and his notion of ...more
Nathanael Booth
This book is not a view of photography as an art-form, but Barthes attempt to understand exactly why certain photographs snagged him, tugged at his soul. He distinguishes between studium, that quality that makes the photograph of passing interest, and punctum, the telling detail (a pair of shoes, the texture of a dirt road) that causes the photograph to seem to say more than it does. He suggests that it is so because the punctum gives hints of a fragment of time captured. Indeed, for Barthes ...more
Theresa
I found this short book a bit frustrating at first, while I was still under the impression that I was reading a book about photography. Barthes' discussion takes off from the experience of the viewer, not the photographer or the photo itself, and for a while I felt that I was floundering around in rather self-indulgent and often pretentious text, saved every couple of pages by a sentence or two that conveyed something novel enough to keep me going. It gradually dawned on me that Barthes is not ...more
Amanda Patterson
Camera Lucida is a philosophical reflection on the medium of photography. I've been toting this copy around since freshman year of college - one of my professors recommended I read it for reasons I forget now. I am not a professional photographer, but I've engaged in the act of taking pictures.
But this isn't really about taking pictures, it's about the pictures themselves, and how photography can capture in a frame the absolute truth (in most cases) and mortality of a moment. It's about how a
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M
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: photography
Camera Lucida is a strange artefact today, written as it was in the brief period when photography was still generally seen as fundamentally linked to a depicted reality. Reading it, I wished I could have been reading it a few decades ago and been (possibly) struck by the incandescent truth of Barthes' observations, instead of repeatedly circling back to "yes  but".

Barthes' writing is a delight and I have at least a dozen passages marked (non-permanently!) to copy out, so I'm not saying the book
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RC
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my favorite books by Barthes. A brilliant meditation on the nature of the photograph, uncanniest of art forms, in its "intractable reality" that is undeniable in its representation of a previous existence, and a document of something--time--irrevocably lost. I believe this was my second read, but it's hard to say: Barthes has a way of articulating thoughts I've had--but been unable to fully articulate--that made it difficult, during this latest read, to disentangle which thoughts were my ...more
Ana
Barthes, with a friendly quirk of the mouth, holds the lens to me and helps me to see.
Johanna
Jun 30, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uggh, this one was tough to get through. I had to read this for my Experimental Photography class in undergrad.
Gretel
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: photography
What am I to do with this book?

I started reading it last year, 3.9.2017, and stopped at page 15. Today I finished the whole book. Why? Because it's important for my research and I felt that I had to finally "be done" with this book on photography that is seen as fundamental for the topic.
And what I got is nothing what I expected.
I thought it was going to be a book on photography as a medium and cultural object, philosophical and academic reflections. The first part of the book delivers, at least
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Keith
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Notes on whatever:

ch 5: A) Barthe's concern with being cast out of both the critical and the technical halves of photography, of wanting to start from his own concept of what photography "is." He can only feel comfortable trusting his "truest" knowledge, a small handful of photographs he feels are doing what he think photography can do, that he finds genuinely affecting. This sounds really pretentious in the rewriting, but feels honest on the page and actually, like the only logical way to learn
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Jessa Angela
- Although Barthes' notion of the noeme is outdated (what can you expect from a 1982 essay in the context of 2019 anyway), his ideas of the studium and the punctum still stands.
- Things are made more complicated if you throw in Benjamin's notion of positions and criticisms on affect and phenomenology though (but all these pseudo-intellectual psycho babbles aside, it was good. )
- His ramblings tend to get feverish and haunting to the point that it keeps you reading out of entertainment and
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Gahermi
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hands down awesome.
Dan Power
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Photos, eh? What are they like?
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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.

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