Photo Philosophy to Brighten Your Brainy Bits


Award-winning photojournaist James Pomerantz is studying for an MFA in Photography, and now you can read the books that he’s reading.

His list is dense and scholarly (what’s this, no excerpts from the Photojojo book? Haaaaaarumph) but your gray matter (and your photographic output) will thank you for peeking over James’ shoulder.

For example, Barthes’ “Rhetoric of the Image” ponders:

“if the image is in a certain manner the limit of meaning, it permits the consideration of a veritable ontology of the process of signification. How does meaning get into the image? Where does it end? And if it ends, what is there beyond?”

That noise your hear are your dendrites cheering.

Twenty-Six Thought-Provoking Essays on Photography
(Our fave: Michel Foucalts’s “Of Other Spaces: Heterotopias.”)

Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon