As a fan of both Susan Sontag's On Photography and Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida, I read this extensive and referential review of two new photography books with a constant question reverberating in my brain: Where are we going?
I'm glad that The Nation publishes such pieces, but a thousand (or more) ideas about what the author achieved can be debated here. I will buy both books and read them. And then, as an ex-journalist who now does documentary photography with digital cameras, I will continue to worry about what is "authentic" photography, what is photojournalism and what is photo art.
From this piece, I take the notion of interactivity and photography as a good idea. Yet those digital corners, I'm just not sure I'll like them. :-)
Carol Reese Dykers
Mar 3 2009 - 11:37pm