Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781861890764 Published December 2000 For sale in North and South America only

Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Vilém Flusser

Towards a Philosophy of Photography
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Vilém Flusser

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94 pages | 4.25 x 7.75 | © 1983
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781861890764 Published December 2000 For sale in North and South America only
Media philosopher Vilém Flusser proposed a revolutionary new way of thinking about photography. An analysis of the medium in terms of aesthetics, science and politics provided him with new ways of understanding both the cultural crises of the past and the new social forms nascent within them. Flusser showed how the transformation of textual into visual culture (from the linearity of history into the two-dimensionality of magic) and of industrial into post-industrial society (from work into leisure) went hand in hand, and how photography allows us to read and interpret these changes with particular clarity.
Contents
Introductory Note
The Image
The Technical Image
The Apparatus
The Gesture of Photography
The Photograph
The Distribution of Photographs
The Reception of Photographs
The Photographic Universe
Why a Philosophy of Photography is Necessary
Lesson of Basic Concepts
 
Afterword, Hubertus von Amelunxen
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