"ON PHOTOGRAPHY SHALL SURELY STAND NEAR THE BEGINNING OF ALL OUR THOUGHTS UPON THE SUBJECT OF PHOTOGRAPHY": FIRST EDITION OF SONTAG'S AWARD-WINNING WORK; SIGNED BY HER
Item Number: 1531
New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1977.
First edition of one of Sontag’s most influential works. Octavo, original gray cloth. Bodly signed by Susan Sontag on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a closed tear to the back panel and overall light wear. Jacket design by Jacqueline Schuman.
One of the most highly regarded books of its kind, On Photography first appeared in 1977 and is described by its author as "a progress of essays about the meaning and career of photographs." It begins with the famous "In Plato's Cave"essay, then offers five other prose meditations on this topic, and concludes with a fascinating and far-reaching Brief Anthology of Quotations. It went on to win the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism. “A book of great importance and originality . . . All future discussion or analysis of the role of photography in the affluent mass-media societies are now bound to begin with her book" (John Berger).