Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Towards a Philosophy of Photography

  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 121.41 x 199.39 x 9.65mm | 120g
  • Publication date: 01 Jan 2001
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books
  • Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • ISBN10: 1861890761
  • ISBN13: 9781861890764
  • Bestsellers rank: 33,306

With an introduction by Hubertus von Amelunxen Media philosopher Vilem 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.

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