Roland Barthes, “La chambre claire. Note sur la photographie” (Ukrainian translation)


“La chambre claire” also known in its English and Ukrainian translation as “Camera lucida” is the last book by the French philosopher and literary theorist Roland Barthes published just several months before his death. In this essay, the author explores the medium of photography and also reflects on the death of his mother. Barthes attempts to find his mother’s “real image” in a photograph of her as a child. Through the intense grief on the loss of a loved one, Barthes transforms a cultural analysis of photography into phenomenological. According to Barthes, photography can pierce the veil of symbolic codes of language and culture, thus existing beyond the semiotics and affecting the body as much as the mind.

Roland Barthes, “La chambre claire. Note sur la photographie” (Ukrainian translation)

First edition, 2022
Translation and academic editing: Olena Chervonik
Editing: Vira Baldyniuk
Proofreading: Olena Podorozhnya
Design, layout: Nadiia Kelm, Olga Zhuk
Production: RED ZET Editions
Project management: Nadiia Bernard-Kovalchuk
Grant managment: Oleksandra Osadcha
Publication manager: Sergiy Lebedynskyy
ISBN: 978-3-947922-08-6
Print run: 2000 copies
Format: 110×180 mm, 176 pages

Cet ouvrage a bénéficié du soutien du Programme d’aide à la publication Skovoroda de l’Ambassade de France en Ukraine / Institut français d’Ukraine.

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© Olena Chervonik, French translation, 2022
© Nadiia Kelm, Olga Zhuk, design, 2022
© CA «Museum of Kharkiv School of Photography», publication, 2022

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