Archive for the ‘Roland Barthes’ Category

“The photograph is like old age: even in its splendor, it disincarnates the face, manifests its genetic essence.” -Roland Barthes in Camera Lucida Upon reading this quote, I thought of a photograph that I took about a year ago on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. An old man with aged […]

Tom D. “This fatality (no photograph without something or someone) involves photography in the vast disorder of objects-of all the objects in the world: why choose (why photograph) this object, this moment, rather than some other? Photography is unclassifiable because there is no reason to mark this or that of its occurrences;” -Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida […]


-Beth P.   “What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” — Barthes, Camera Lucida (Pg 4) I chose the above quote from Camera Lucida because, out of the whole of the novel, this line, barely four pagesin, stuck out in my mind […]



By Ann C  “Perhaps true, total photography, he thought, is a pile of fragments of private images, against the creased background of massacres and coronations.”  “Adventures of a Photographer”  (Calvino 186)      Photo by Katie, Flickr username: At~A~Glance               This picture, Incomplete, relates to several topics that we discussed in class and saw in the readings.  […]

“In front of the lens, I am at the same time: the one I think I am, the one I want others to think I am, the one the photographer thinks I am, and the one he makes use of to exhibit his art.” Barthes Camera Lucida 13 Cosplay is when a person dress up as a […]