Written after the death of Barthes' beloved mother, Camera Lucida is more than a treatise on photography. It's an analysis steeped in grief - precise, intimate, haunting. Barthes' language pulses with critical acuity and tenderness as he considers the subject, death, and that which "pricks" us. This book not only changed how I read - it redefined the way I see.— Kristen
This personal, wide-ranging, and contemplative volume--and the last book Barthes published--finds the author applying his influential perceptiveness and associative insight to the subject of photography. To this end, several black-and-white photos (by the likes of Avedon, Clifford, Hine, Mapplethorpe, Nadar, Van Der Zee, and so forth) are reprinted throughout the text.
"This is a great book--flawed, impossible, infuriating, and moving . . . but he has accomplished in this extraordinary book something finer than mere polemic. En route to his last painful discovery, Barthes takes the reader on an exquisitely rendered, lyrical journey into the heart of his own life and the medium he came to love, a medium that flirts constantly with the 'intractable reality' of the human condition."--Douglas Davis, Newsweek