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Towards a Philosophy of Photography - Vilém Flusser

Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Paperback Published: 1st September 2001
ISBN: 9781861890764
Number Of Pages: 176

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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.

About the Author

Vilem Flusser was born in Prague in 1920. After emigrating to Brazil and then to France, he embarked on an influential career as a lecturer and writer on language, design and communication. He died in 1991. Also available from Reaktion by Vilem Flusser is The Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design.

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A relatively little-known but significant text. -- Lindsay Smith, The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Studies

Introductory Notep. 7
The Imagep. 8
The Technical Imagep. 14
The Apparatusp. 21
The Gesture of Photographyp. 33
The Photographp. 41
The Distribution of Photographsp. 49
The Reception of Photographsp. 57
The Photographic Universep. 65
Why a Philosophy of Photography Is Necessaryp. 76
Lexicon of Basic Conceptsp. 83
Afterword, Hubertus von Amelunxenp. 86
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ISBN: 9781861890764
ISBN-10: 1861890761
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st September 2001
Publisher: REAKTION BOOKS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.07  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.12

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