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Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism (1977)
"Susan Sontag has written a book of great importance and originality. . . . All future discussion or analysis of the role of photography in the affluent mass-media societies is now bound to begin with her book."
"After Susan Sontag, photography must be written about not only as a force in the arts, but as one that is increasingly powerful in the nature and destiny of our global society."
"Not many photographs are worth a thousand of (Susan Sontag's) words."
—Robert Hughes, Time Magazine
"On Photography is to my mind the most original and illuminating study of the subject."
—Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker
"Every page of On Photography raises important and exciting questions about its subject and raises them in the best way."
—The New York Times Book Review
"A brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have been made in our way of looking at the world and at ourselves over the last 140 years."
—The Washington Post Book Worldy