Everything you need to understand or teach On Photography by Susan Sontag.
Susan Sontag's 1977 monograph On Photography is composed of six named chapters, or essays, which form a weakly related progression from conceptualization through history and implementation, to the then-current understanding of photography as a process and an art form. Sontag suggests that the central tension in all of photography is one of self-identification—is it merely a mimetic program of using a machine to manufacture representative images, or is it a high art equivalent to painting?
The six named chapters form a general progression through philosophical considerations to an examination of the historical processes that have led photography to the station it occupied in then-current society and culture. The first chapter, or essay, "In Plato's Cave", considers the nature of images and their relation to reality; it presents a catalogue of cultural and social beliefs about photography as well as a catalogue about photography's typical uses throughout history...
On Photography Lesson Plans contain 109 pages of teaching material, including: