Photography and Reality

2 PAGE ESSAY!!!!! Must be done within 1 hour

This reflection asks you to respond to ideas and quotations by Susan Sontag, from her 1977 book On Photography.

She writes:

A way of certifying experiences, taking photographs is also a way of refusing it–by limiting experience to a search for the photogenic, by converting experience into an image, a souvenir. Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs…

Most tourists feel compelled to put the camera between themselves and whatever is remarkable that they encounter. Unsure of other responses, they take a picture. This gives shape to experience: stop, take a photograph, and move on…

Photographing is essentially an act of nonintervention… The person who intervenes cannot record; the person who is recording cannot intervene.

In 2-3 paragraphs, describe what Sontag is saying in your own words. Do you agree or disagree with her? Give examples from your own experience or from world issues to explain your answer. Does it surprise you that she wrote this before digital cameras and the internet? Explain.

Success Criteria
writing is clear and free of grammatical errors
student understands the reflection prompt
reflection prompt is considered in a thoughtful way
opinion is clearly stated
opinion is justified with reference to personal experience or anecdote
(note that research and/or analysis of Susan Sontag’s work is not part of the success criteria)

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