Overview

punctum


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

(pl.puncta) [Latin ‘puncture’ or ‘wound’]

A term used by Barthes to refer to an incidental but personally poignant detail in a photograph which ‘pierces’ or ‘pricks’ a particular viewer, constituting a private meaning unrelated to any cultural code.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs — Media Studies.


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.