Date/Time: 29/01/2004 12:00 am
Regarding the Pain of Others
Lecture and Book Signing by Susan Sontag
Thursday, January 29, 6:30pm
The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue
In her groundbreaking 1977 book, On Photography, Susan Sontag examined the notion of photography as created by and for a kind of voyeur. The camera, she claimed, limits experience by fixing it as an image or souvenir. To take a photograph is to, at least in a small way, celebrate the status quo. More recently, she has undertaken a subtle reexamination of photography—particularly photography of war and atrocities—and their role in our culture. A detailed exploration of the painting and prints of Goya, and the war photographs of Roger Fenton and Matthew Brady leads to a recognition that images of the pain of others do perform a vital function.
Susan Sontag is one of America’s best known and most admired writers. In addition to stories and essays that have appeared in the most prestigious magazines in American and abroad, she is the author of four novels (including The Volcano Lover and In America,) six books of non-fiction (including On Photography and Illness as Metaphor,) a collection of short stories, and several plays. Her books have been translated into 26 languages. Ms. Sontag has also written and directed four feature-length films. She has received numerous American and foreign prizes and awards, including a National Book Award and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.