Unlike so many other endeavors, photography is never work, but we seem to use that euphemism to describe our activities as photographers ( ...working with the view camera, etc.). For a truly remarkable and deeply intellectual analysis of our art, one could not read anything more definitive than, On Photography, by Susan Sontag. The book is a 1977 collection of essays that originally appeared in the New York Review of Books between 1973 and 1977. I had the opportunity to attend a lecture given by her in the mid 80's at the Art Institute of Chicago and was duly impressed with her expressive language skills. If I were teaching in a Master of Fine Arts program, it would be a required text.
“Thoughts are slippery fish in a cold shallow stream." - Vera Nazarian