Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Towards a Philosophy of Photography


By (author) Vilem Flusser, Translated by Martin Chalmers, Introduction by Hubertus Von Amelunxen

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  • Publisher: Reaktion Books
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 119mm x 196mm x 10mm | 91g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1861890761
  • ISBN 13: 9781861890764
  • Sales rank: 48,567

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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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Author information

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

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With an introduction by Hubertus von Amelunxen