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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Flusser: Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Because Flusser’s writings in different toaards are dispersed in the form of books, articles or sections of books, his work as a media philosopher and cultural theorist is only now becoming more widely known. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Mar 22, Jesse rated it liked it. Flusser claimed that the content of any z photograph is actually the camera that produced it.


Vilém Flusser

See all 16 reviews. And the photographic apparatus operates in ways that are not immediately known or shaped by its pphotography. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

His essays identify players in this model his lexicon includes phillsophy Apparatus, the Functionary, and the Technical Image and warn of rising illiteracy owing to an uncritical faith in photography’s “reality. A version of Heidegger’s ‘The Age of the World Picture’ where the fourfold take on its technical or cybernetic dimensions i.

No question about the philosophical side of this book, some chapters put you on a situation of pure thinking and questioning the real photography value aswel as the problems raised by the democratization of photography in our society. To the end of his life, he was quite active writing and giving lectures around media theory and working with new topics Philosophy of Photography, Technical Images, etc.

Flusser broke down photography into the image, the ap Actual rating: Batchen also explores the history of photography and looks at larger cultural forces from within the framework of the medium.

He died in in a car accident, while visiting his native Prague to give a lecture.


Communication, which are the gaps between different positions, is part of a cultural phenomenon relying on unconsciously learnt patterns at home. By submitting this form, you are granting: In he decided to leave Brazil. Lists with This Book. Media All the Way Down: Historically, the importance of photography had been that it introduced nothing less than a new epoch: Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

The Shape of Thingswas published in London in and was followed by a new translation of Towards a Philosophy of Photography. There is no such thing as naive, non-conceptual photography. Your cultural artifact is locked within that system, constrained by its programming. A lens on a camera will inevitably take telescopic photos.

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As ek-sistence, is this our only way to comprehend it? The program of the camera overrides the artifact that it produces.

The book arrived in perfect condition. This is a short book but some great points are made. Our compulsive behavior leaves no scene undocumented.