By People Staff
January 16, 1978 12:00 PM

by Susan Sontag

When Sontag fixes on a subject, as she does in these six essays on photography, her observations are sober, insightful and original. And she has managed to provide a satisfying answer finally to the question: Is photography art? She explains, “Although photography generates works that can be called art—it requires subjectivity, it can lie, it gives aesthetic pleasure—photography is not, to begin with, an art form at all. Like language, it is a medium in which works of art (among other things) are made.” This book offers absorbing ideas for anyone interested in photography past the Instamatic stage. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $7.95)