James Polchin teaches writing at NYU and is the founder and editor of the site Writing in Public.
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A Way of Looking In Camera Lucida, his mediation on the history and nature of photographs, Roland Barthes wonders about the medium’s “essential feature” that distinguishes it from “the community of […]
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