Abigail Solomon-Godeau

You can photograph anything now.

Robert Frank1

When Susan Sontag wrote about photography, photographers, or image culture in its broadest sense, even those with no special interest in these topics took notice. One of her accomplishments as a public intellectual was to make photography—understood as a phenomenon rather than a specific technology—a subject worthy of serious critical attention. “It all started with one essay,” she wrote in the opening pages of On Photography (1977), “about some of the problems, aesthetic and moral, posed by the omnipresence of photographed images; but the more I thought about what photographs are, the more complex and suggestive they became.”2 The essays comprising the book, mostly reviews of photography volumes and exhibition catalogues, were originally written for the New York Review of Books beginning in 1973 and slightly edited for their

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