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An essential guide to an essential book, this first anthology on Camera Lucida offers critical perspectives on Barthes's influential text. Roland Barthes's book Camera Lucida is perhaps the most influential book ever published on photography. The terms studium and punctum, coined by Barthes for two different ways of responding to photographs, are part of the standard lexicon for discussions of photography; Barthes's understanding of photographic time and the relationship he forges between photography and death have been invoked countless times in photographic discourse; and the current interest in vernacular photographs and the ubiquity of subjective, even novelistic, ways of writing about photography both owe something to Barthes. Photography Degree Zero , the first anthology of writings on Camera Lucida, goes beyond the usual critical orthodoxies to offer a range of perspectives on Barthes's important book.

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However, his most influential later work is his last book, Camera Lucida , published in The mixture of the autobiographical and the critical persists in this text, with one of these two strands being dominant in each of the two sections the book is divided into. In the first, Barthes sets out his theory of photography, analysing photographs and defining terms, while the second section is more personal, focusing on a photograph of his mother, who died in Barthes was very close to his mother, and Camera Lucida has often been read as an elegiac piece of writing, or even as an act of mourning.

There seems to be consensus that Camera Lucida is not necessarily valuable as a work of criticism; rather it is a meditative, mournful, autobiographical text, between novel and criticism.

This gap is bridged by the contextual approach to Camera Lucida that is taken. Photography Degree Zero is a rather limited collection in that the essays contained within it are confined to those written in English — surely many worthwhile essays written in French, and indeed other languages, have been translated?

The upside to this Anglophone bias is that some interesting points regarding translation issues are made. This is of course hard to avoid in a collection of essays about a single work, but since most of these papers have previously been published elsewhere, some judicious editing might have helped Photography Degree Zero flow more smoothly when read in its entirety. The chronological ordering of the essays certainly encourages such a reading, as it imparts the feeling of a continuous narrative, and this book is often at its most interesting when the essays reference one another.

As might be expected, there are several recurrent themes. The areas from which Camera Lucida is approached are pleasingly varied, ranging from psychoanalysis to Buddhism, and figures such as Freud, Benjamin and Proust are brought into play, often in refreshing ways. This is in some ways a flawed collection, but it nonetheless has value as an addition to scholarship on Barthes. Cordelia Strube's 11th novel, Misconduct of the Heart , depicts trauma survivors in a form that's compelling but difficult to digest.

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However, his most influential later work is his last book, Camera Lucida , published in The mixture of the autobiographical and the critical persists in this text, with one of these two strands being dominant in each of the two sections the book is divided into. In the first, Barthes sets out his theory of photography, analysing photographs and defining terms, while the second section is more personal, focusing on a photograph of his mother, who died in Barthes was very close to his mother, and Camera Lucida has often been read as an elegiac piece of writing, or even as an act of mourning. There seems to be consensus that Camera Lucida is not necessarily valuable as a work of criticism; rather it is a meditative, mournful, autobiographical text, between novel and criticism. This gap is bridged by the contextual approach to Camera Lucida that is taken. Photography Degree Zero is a rather limited collection in that the essays contained within it are confined to those written in English — surely many worthwhile essays written in French, and indeed other languages, have been translated?

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Roland Barthes's book Camera Lucida is perhaps the most influential book ever published on photography. The terms studium and punctum, coined by Barthes for two different ways of responding to photographs, are part of the standard lexicon for discussions of photography; Barthes's understanding of photographic time and the relationship he forges between photography and death have been invoked countless times in photographic discourse; and the current interest in vernacular photographs and the ubiquity of subjective, even novelistic, ways of writing about photography both owe something to Barthes. Photography Degree Zero, the first anthology of writings on Camera Lucida, goes beyond the usual critical orthodoxies to offer a range of perspectives on Barthes's important book. Photography Degree Zero the title links Barthes's first book, Writing Degree Zero, to his last, Camera Lucida includes essays written soon after Barthes's book appeared as well as more recent rereadings of it, some previously unpublished. The contributors' approaches range from psychoanalytical in an essay drawing on the work of Lacan to Buddhist in an essay that compares the photographic flash to the mystic's light of revelation ; they include a history of Barthes's writings on photography and an account of Camera Lucida and its reception; two views of the book through the lens of race; and a provocative essay by Michael Fried and two responses to it. The variety of perspectives included in Photography Degree Zero, and the focus on Camera Lucida in the context of photography rather than literature or philosophy, serve to reopen a vital conversation on Barthes's influential work. The Pleasure of the Phototext.

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