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  • And although photographs, as Barthes argues in Camera Lucida, induce death while willing to preserve life, here it seems to affirm, regardless, a life will.

    Anne Couillaud: Day-to-Day (PHOTOS): Artists' Daily Practices Incorporate the Time Dimension

  • Roland Barthes described in his 1980 book Camera Lucida going through his mother's photographs shortly after her death, and finding her portrait taken before he was born.

    The power of the holiday photo

  • In Camera Lucida, Barthes distinguishes between the "studium" and the "punctum" of the photograph.

    The power of the holiday photo

  • Sontag's On Photography (published in 1977) remains one of the cornerstones of photography criticism, as does Roland Barthes' more theoretically mischievous Camera Lucida (1980).

    Photography so good it hurts

  • In his Camera Lucida (Reflections on Photography), Roland Barthes distinguishes between the studium of a photograph, those elements of a photograph that provoke an interpretive (cultural, social, political) response, and the punctum of a photograph, the element of a photograph that punctures, or wounds – that which provokes an emotional response in the viewer by establishing a direct relationship between the viewer and the subject of the photograph.


  • Appearing in the author's native language just before his death, Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida, now published posthumously in English, will make the reader sorrier than ever that this effervescent critic is no longer among the living.

    That Old Black and White Magic

  • He did not sketch freehand but made excellent drawings with his Camera Lucida.


  • I took one Camera Lucida sketch of the instrument in the morning, dodging the heavy showers as well as I could; then, as the afternoon was extremely fine, I took another, with my head almost roasted by the sun.


  • _ -- I should feel much obliged to any reader of "N. & Q." who would be kind enough to answer the following questions, and refer me to any work treating of the handling and management of the Camera Lucida.

    Notes and Queries, Number 203, September 17, 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.

  • The Camera Lucida Notice sur l'usage de la chambre claire Account on the Use of the Camera Lucida 1834

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