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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The Gestalt of space—time surrounding the scene is prefigured for the photographer by the categories of his camera. Texts on photography making you think photography – as system and function of the natural, scientific, and social worlds, rather than as an art or practice. This phenomenon enhanced pyotography two important aspects, closely linked to the photo: He has glimpsed the magical ability of a photographic towagds could destroy the one-dimensional feature, linear, of the texts.

Towards a Philosophy of Photography by Vilém Flusser

Unfortunately, Flusser provides neither a definition of nor specific examples of such experimental photography. The Shape of Thingswas published in London in and was followed by a new translation of Towards a Philosophy towafds Photography.

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The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews. Flusser’s anti-quote bravado and originality is refreshing,vexing, and at times depressing In the digital ecosystem, the apparatuses surrounding the artifact are more engaging than the artifact itself. As Flusser Archive Supervisor Claudia Becker describes, “For Flusser, photography is not only a reproductive imaging technology, it is philosopby dominant cultural technique through which reality is constituted and understood”.


His early work was marked by discussion of the thought of Martin Heideggerand by the influence of existentialism and phenomenology.

He lived for a long period in Brazil and later in France, and his works are written in several different languages. Verbos como ver, olhar, observar, focar, deixariam de fazer sentido. It gives a person the mental ability to process information as it divides the sphere of existence into habit or home and unusual or new information.

How philosopjy information is distributed determines much of its meaning. And like writing, images create and inform worlds. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Jul 26, Al Matthews rated it really liked it Recommends it for: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The habitual environment is a prerequisite to recognize the unusual which comes into one’s home.

Vilém Flusser – Wikipedia

The original text in whatever language it’s written in would make more sense even if you don’t speak that language. For this reason, Instagram keeps adding new filter sets and features in order to retain and broaden its user base. I dug into my MP3 drive, found my Feldman folder and opened it up.

I fee this is a VERY poor phiolsophy, almost impossible to ready.

Flusser’s philosophies are a mastery. This book is the reason why a raven is like a writing desk.


Flusser: Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Fascinating way of thinking but sometimes it can be too hermetic for the reader. Q contains what appears to be an infinite number of possibilities, but in the end, those possibilities are prescribed by its programming. In this way our role as librarians and archivists has outpaced our role as cultural consumers.

Reaktion Books October Language: His father, Gustav Flusser, studied mathematics and physics under Albert Einstein among others. March Learn how and when to remove phktography template message. The book looks more like a manifesto than like a philosophical study.

Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Creative Writing and Literary History. This book is not about photography – it is a political manifesto about freedom in a programmed world.

Language therein is a major influence on ones thinking. Return to Book Page. It is an image created and distributed by photographic apparatus according to a program, an image whose ostensible function is to phioosophy. As ek-sistence, is this our only way to comprehend it? The image is irrelevant in comparison to the apparatuses surrounding it.

I unzipped three of them, listened to part of one, and closed the folder. The book arrived in perfect condition.