imago lucis opera expressa

Imago lucis opera expressa  – a Latin expression created by Roland Barthes in his famous work “Camera Lucida” to describe the essence of the art of photography. It means that a photographed image is revealed, “extracted,” “mounted,” “expressed” (like the juice of a lemon) by the action of light.

This idea was used to illustrate the cover of an album of photos, bound in brown linen cloth and decorated with a round “lens” of marbled paper.