Tag Archives: Roland Barthes

Rhetoric of the Image

Johnathan Culler (1) suggests that the cultural theorist Roland Barthes (1915 – 1980), outside France at least, has replaced Jean Paul Sartre as the leading French intellectual; whilst soon after his death, The New York Times described him as “one of the high … Continue reading

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It’s Not Happening Here But It’s Happening Now – Part 2

In an earlier essay I considered Dawn Woolley’s (1) analysis of the Walker Agency’s 2006 Amnesty International advertising campaign Not Here But Now (here) and was interested to see that she positioned her conclusions in the context of Susan Sontag’s argument, expressed over … Continue reading

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Another Way of Telling: Beyond My Camera

Another Way of Telling (1), a collaboration between the writer John Berger and Photographer Jean Mohr, is a rich source of material on a variety of photography subjects. I looked at Mohr’s series Marcel or the Right to Choose as part … Continue reading

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The Unaware, Some Strategies

In Camera Lucida (1) Roland Barthes discusses his reaction to being photographed. He describes how once he feels himself “observed by the lens, everything changes. I constitute myself in the process of posing, I transform myself into an image”. Some photographers … Continue reading

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