A series of essays that critique photography and the culture of images. A critical critique.
As someone who has taken a lot of photographs, but hasn’t really tried to understand the implications of the act of photographing, or the impact of the images themselves, it’s something akin to a slap in the face.
While i wouldn’t say it was an enjoyable read, it’s definitely thought provoking and in the end worthwhile for the new perspective.
If you ever find yourself wondering why certain photographs have the impact that they do, why people take photographs on holiday, if photography is art, if photographs are art, the relationship between image and memory, the impact of images on society, their role in society… this would be a good place to start. Just don’t expect to arrive at the end of the book with more answers than questions.