Vilém Flusser (May 12, – November 27, ) was a Czech-born The Shape of Things, was published in London in and was followed by a new translation of Towards a Philosophy of Photography. Towards a Philosophy of Photography has ratings and 27 reviews. Jesse said: Interesting attempt to build a theoretical framework around photography. Back in , the media critic and philosopher Vilém Flusser (–) in a little book called Towards a Philosophy of Photography.

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First, he’s often rehashing ideas of other thinkers on these topics Its surface is ephemeral and, in the digital age, rewritable.

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Vilém Flusser

Twitter is trickier to break. The thinking and writing here photogrqphy in the stratosphere. Lists with This Book. His early work was marked by discussion of the thought of Martin Heideggerand by the influence of existentialism and phenomenology. This wikipedia entry includes the follow quotation:. Anyone can push a button and produce a photograph without having a clue as to the inner workings of a camera. Views Read Edit View history.

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He viewed photography from a completely technical standpoint. He has glimpsed the magical ability of a photographic image could destroy the one-dimensional feature, linear, of the texts. The camera is a voracious, greedy device, programmed to stalk images the way an animal stalks prey: The developing towarda dialog distinguishes between the “ugly stranger” who can unveil the truth Aletheia and the “beautiful native” who fears the otherness as it threatens their habit.


Towards a Philosophy of Photography by Vilém Flusser

Art and Conspiracy at the Met Breuer. In he decided to leave Brazil. He did mention this in the foreword though, so that was clear from photoggraphy beginning.

Stephen Swofford rated it it was amazing Jul 21, If you wish to receive stimulating speculation towards thinking photography as abstract category, Flusser is your thought-feeding-machine. Each one of the basic concepts thus contains within it further concepts.

Suddenly, much of the new art and literature found a receptive framework and history that could speak to the networked conditions photograpjy the digital age.

This phenomenon enhanced by two important aspects, closely linked to the photo: Kenny Goldsmith is the author of eight books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb http: Flusser was deeply influenced by the loss of his native Prague, and his relocations throughout his life which can be seen in his writings and causing him to proclaim his homelessness, “because there are so many homelands that make their home in me”.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The first book by Flusser to be published in English was Towards a Philosophy of Photography in by European Photography, which was his own translation of the work. His writings reflect his wandering life: Sep 01, Benjamin rated it it was amazing.

Just as every possible move and permutation of a chess game philospphy long been exhausted, every program of the camera too has long been exhausted. I learned that a philosophy book can have hardly any references to other works of philosophy, be totally cracked in a manner that wins, contain no images while being all about images, be fun to read with a couple glasses of white swill, and extend its arms to consciousness with the sensitive insistence of an evil kitty.


One person found this helpful. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This wikipedia entry includes the follow quotation: He states that the first humans towaards surrounded by their tools; then, as a consequence of the Industrial Revolution, humans began photoography surround their machines; finally, after the invention of photography, humans came to reside within their image-making apparatuses, inside the thoroughly programmed and programmable black boxes of their cameras shorthand for all systems that self-program by means of feedback.

As so they are reductions from four dimensional space and time into two dimensional surfaces. Oct 18, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: A version of Heidegger’s ‘The Age of the World Picture’ where the fourfold take on its technical or cybernetic dimensions i.

This collection of nine recent essays of various origins with thorough notes and index contains some repetition, but that small complaint is flusset by Batchen’s compelling arguments and analyses.

Flusser attended German and Czech primary schools and later a German grammar school. After Flusser, the photo criticism of Sontag or Barthes, each of whom mostly ignores the apparatus in favor of the artifact, appears to miss the point entirely. Deep thinking on photography.