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About the book
  • Published: 5 October 1993
  • ISBN: 9780099225416
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $19.99

Camera Lucida

Reflections on Photography




Beautifully reissued alongside Mythologies

Examining the themes of presence and absence, the relationship between photography and theatre, history and death, these 'reflections on photography' begin as an investigation into the nature of photographs. Then, as Barthes contemplates a photograph of his mother as a child, the book becomes an exposition of his own mind.

  • Pub date: 5 October 1993
  • ISBN: 9780099225416
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Romania and Egypt, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.

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Praise for Camera Lucida

“Roland Barthes' final book - less a critical essay than a suite of valedictory meditations - is his most beautiful, and most painful”

Observer

“Of all his works it is the most accessible in language and the most revealing about the author. And effortlessly, as if in passing, his reflections on photography raise questions and doubts which will permanently affect the vision of the reader”

Guardian

“I am moved by the sense of discovery in Camera Lucida, by the glimpse of a return to a lost world”

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