In On Photography, Susan Sontag takes a philosophical, sober, and thor- ough look at photography, to dissect the seemingly familiar photog- raphy through a broad perspective of sociology and history, while she questions, from the voice of a living human being, what is real, what is the human dream of dependence, and what makes us filled with decep- tion and indifference. Susan, with her metaphoric harsh words, sharply reveals the subconscious of our buried malicious nature. Through sol- emn and orderly rigorous words between the lines, her emotionless sarcasm and irony often makes readers spark further consideration and self-examination.

《論攝影》中,蘇珊·桑塔格以一位哲學家冷靜 和嚴謹來審視攝影,通過社會學和歷史的寬廣 視角來解剖我們看似熟悉的攝影,而同時,她 又以一個活生生的人的聲音來不斷的提出疑 問,什麼是真實,什麼是人類夢寐中的依賴,而 又是什麼讓我們變得樂於自欺欺人和冷酷無 情?蘇珊用她充滿隱喻而又刻薄的文字一針見 血的揭示著我們潛意識里埋沒于心底的惡意 或本性,在莊重穩健,嚴謹有序的字裡行間,她 不露聲色的挖苦與諷刺往往令讀者不禁捫心 自問,躬身反省。

The book, with its discussion of the relationship between photography and art, suggests photography not only destroys but also spawns a new liberation and development of arts to accelerate the transformation and expansion of traditional arts to conceptual arts. In addition, Susan also evaluates the meaning of photography, the problem between photog- raphy and war, and other severe subject matters. The book contains a microcosm of the great soul, but without any noticeable sign of the de- piction from the author. It is not a book to reflect any single person, but a book attracted with words of human glory.

這本書討論了攝影與藝術的關係,提出了攝影 不僅摧毀了更是解放和催生了新的藝術的發 展,加速了傳統藝術向觀念領域的轉型和拓 展,此外,蘇珊也探討了關於攝影的意義、攝影 與戰爭等嚴肅的問題,我們可以說書中蘊含了 作者偉大靈魂的縮影,卻極難看出作者任何著 力于其本身的言語,這本書不代表任何人,融 于其間并讓它光彩奪目的是字句間所飽含的 人性的光輝。