In Plato's Cave.
- Autorin: Sontag, Susan
- Erschienen: 2000
- Quelle: www.susansontag.com/SusanSontag/books/onPhotographyExerpt.shtml [15.01.2014].
AbstractPhotos are reproductions of reality. Well, are they? Susan Sontag assumes that photographs merely record a fragmentary or miniature version of the real world and carry an interpretation of the factual world within themselves. Photos thus do not only reflect our way of perceiving things, they also influence it: by teaching us a new visual code, photographers change our concepts of what is worth looking at. A photographer appropriates his object. The „objectivity“ of the camera lens makes the photograph a powerful medium - one which is supposed to convey the truth. Susan Sontag presents and discusses the power - and at the same time the impotence - of photography, which has often been used to serve political, moral and propaganda purposes. This text is also available in German.
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