On Photography (by Susan Sontag)

Saw a Chinese translation of some Susan Sontag opinions extracted from her book On Photography. It is not the easiest read in Chinese. The translation is a bit dull and obscure sounding. One could still see her unique point of view and many interesting observations she has made.

Found a review of the book on photo.net. The same paragraph reads much more lively in English and a lot more easy to understand. Funny.

Here is one of many quotes in the review (it is also in the Chinese translation) that i find interesting:

“The very activity of taking pictures is soothing, and assuages general feelings of disorientation that are likely to be exacerbated by travel. … [Taking pictures] gives shape to experience: stop, take a photograph, and move on. The method especially appeals to people handicapped by a ruthless work ethic–Germans, Japanese, and Americans. Using a camera appeases the anxiety which the work-driven feel about not working when they are on vacation and supposed to be having fun.”