Tag Archives: Susan Sontag

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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It’s Not Happening Here But It’s Happening Now – Part 1

Dawn Woolley (1) analysed the approach of the Walker Agency’s 2006 Amnesty International advertising campaign and positioned her conclusions in the context of Susan Sontag’s argument that a proliferation of images of suffering has led to our being desensitised. Sontag used the example in 1977 that, because … 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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