My favourite "Camera Lucida" quotes

 
Camera Lucida - Reflections on photography . Philosopher Roland Barthes . 1980

Camera Lucida - Reflections on photography . Philosopher Roland Barthes . 1980

There is nothing like philosophy to open up the conscience, or at least the eyes. Camera Lucida, the book on photography by philosopher Roland Barthes, is a classic amongst the classic books that every photographer (and art lover) might read to understand his/her unconscious attraction to photography.

it is not through painting but through drama that photography reaches art.
the photographic shock is meant less to traulatize thant to reveal what was perfectly hidden and unconscious to the character.
a kind of umbilical link connects the body of the photographic thing to my photographic eye: light, however unpalpable, is here the flesh we share.
painting can pretend a reality without seing it. photography can never deny that the thing was there.
I suppose the very skill of the photographer is to catch something or someone without the knowledge of the photographed subject
photography us fundamentally subversive, not when it frightens, repulses or even stigmatises, but we it thinks.
staring at the customers of a coffee shop, someone told me:"watch how dull they look; nowadays pictures are more alive than people.
society works on subduing photography, to temper its madness that continuously threatens to explode to the face to who look at it.

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