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Summary on Camera Lucida

  1. 1. summary and lecture onroland barthes’ camera lucida barbara leung
  2. 2. roland barthes (1915-80)french theorist and philosophercamera lucida; 1979re ection on photography
  3. 3. understanding desireand nature of photography
  4. 4. foreword by geoff dyer “dismantling of own authority” sontag (qtd in barthes xii)
  5. 5. secondary meaningonly extractable and possiblewith context
  6. 6. object of three practices:operator ; photographerspectator ; usspectrum ; target
  7. 7. “a kind of little simulacrum...this word retains... a relation to ‘spectacle’ (9) ”
  8. 8. intersection of two processes;chemical and physical
  9. 9. “ advent of myself as an other (13) ”
  10. 10. studium element creating interestin photograph in order of likingand culture being key
  11. 11. punctum that which bruises,disturbs the studium,and animates
  12. 12. functions;to inform, to represent,to surprise, to cause to signify,to provoke desire (28)
  13. 13. subversive when pensive
  14. 14. cinema presentsimmediate death of frame
  15. 15. photography is fastened down
  16. 16. concession to understanding desirebut not eidos of photography (60)
  17. 17. recreation and memory
  18. 18. and the lending ofoneself to photography (67)
  19. 19. power of authentication exceedsthat of representation (89)
  20. 20. the personal punctum;time
  21. 21. experiencing photographs andthe air and truth
  22. 22. noeme essence of photography“that has been”
  23. 23. taming the photograph bymaking it an art andbanalizing it
  24. 24. examplesof photography
  25. 25. “photographic shock”vs punctum
  26. 26. Halsman, Philippe.Dali Atomicus. Personalities. Magnum Photos, 1948.
  27. 27. Meiselas, Susan.Muchachos Take over Neighborhood and Put on Captured National Guard Uniforms. NICARAGUA. Magnum Photos, Managua, 1981.
  28. 28. Klein, William.Professor Jean Bernard, Académie Française. The Cleveland Museum of Art Collection, 1989.
  29. 29. Towell, Larry.A Tear Gas Canister Is Caught in Mid-Air as It Is Shot through Clouds of Tear Gas as Riot Police Confront Protesters on Cote Dabraham near an Entrance Point of the 3.8 Km Wire Mesh Wall Constructed Prior to the Ftaa Summit of the Americas. Magnum Photos, Quebec City, 2001.
  30. 30. habitablevs visitable
  31. 31. View of Eiffel Tower. The annual meeting of Magnum Photos stockholders, held in Paris. Over four days the members discuss photography and issues facing the company in the year ahead. Magnum Photos, Paris, 2008.
  32. 32. Qualls, Larry.Boys Cutting through a Hedge, Vancouver. Contemporary Art (Larry Qualls Archive), Vancouver 2003.
  33. 33. animationof eroticism
  34. 34. Kaprow, Allan.Rates of Exchange: Clothing: Det.: Woman Undressing. 1975.
  35. 35. Kaprow, Allan.Rates of Exchange: Clothing: Det.: Woman Undressing. 1975.
  36. 36. sharedstudium
  37. 37. Union Square. 1910. Shorpy Historical Photo Archive, New York.
  38. 38. timeas punctum
  39. 39. Delano, Jack. The Handsome Family. 1941. Resettlement Administration, Lacona.
  40. 40. Eisenstaedt, Alfred.V-J Day Times Square. 1945.
  41. 41. Scianna, Ferdinando. French Writer and Semologist Roland Barthes. 1977. Magnum Photos, Paris.
  42. 42. barbara leung hirebarb.comme@barbaraleung.com @barb_leung

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