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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An analysis of the medium in terms of aesthetics, science fousser politics provided him with new ways of understanding both the cultural crises of the past and the new social forms nascent within them. Heidegger’s ideas about technology, or McLuhan’s writing about artifacts and extensions of the senses And like writing, images create and inform worlds. In he decided to leave Brazil. Flusser broke down photography into the image, the ap Actual rating: Flusser opens with a bold hypothesis that there have been two fundamental turning points in human culture.

The program of the camera overrides photogrzphy artifact that it produces. For us to see why the amateur photographer can be a photographic illiterate, the democratization of the making of photographs has to be considered — and at the same time, a number of aspects of democracy in general have to be addressed.

Jul 18, Anselm rated it it was amazing.

He lived for a long period in Brazil and later in France, and his works are written in several different languages. Conveying a deep respect for the importance of photography, he laments the way images have become commodities in the digital age. As both an art medium and a way to record events, photography has become ubiquitous in our increasingly image-driven culture since its invention in the early s. Critics have noted he is less a ‘systematic’ thinker than a ‘dialogic’ one, purposefully eclectic and provocative Cubitt Feb 27, Mark Broadhead rated it it was ok.


Reaktion Books October Language: Anyone can push a button and produce a photograph without having a clue as to the inner workings of a camera. Quero procurar um modo de escapar a esta escravatura. By contrast, even though photography produces images that seem to be ‘faithful reproductions’ of objects and events they cannot be so directly ‘decoded’. Fascinating way of thinking but sometimes it can be too hermetic for the reader.

View all 3 comments. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This english version really helped to understand the original meaning of the author. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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. Phenomenology would play a major role in the transition to the later phase of his work, in which he turned his attention to the philosophy of communication and of artistic production.

Oct 18, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: Many photographers therefore also prefer black-and-white photographs to color photographs because they more clearly reveal the actual significance of the photograph, i. If you’re trying to get a deeper perspective on photography then this is a useful read. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Pages with related products. The camera resembles a game of chess. I sensed two major weaknesses in Flusser’s framework. Sorry I don’t have that on hand. This book is the reason why a raven is like a writing desk.

Towards a Philosophy of Photography, Flusser

He states that the first humans were surrounded by their tools; then, as a consequence of the Industrial Revolution, humans began to philowophy 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.

At times, Flusser’s axioms aren’t clever or useful enough to justify their leaps of logic. Favourite idea from the text: Unlike Flusser, Batchen art and art history, Univ. Obeying such rules — going with the apparatus instead of against it — results in victories, substantiated by gains in followers and retweets. And in fact, I’m thinking it was written in English, although Flusser also wrote [his early] philosophy in Brazilian [ehhm, Portuguese], [his later mostly in German,] I believe French [still checking], and his native language, Czech.


It is an image created and distributed automatically by programmed apparatuses in the course of a or necessarily based on chance, and image of a magic state of things whose symbols inform its receivers how to act in an improbable fashion.

Flusser: Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Flusser depicts information technologies that produce redundant and non-original images, as well as political and economic systems that are themselves apparatuses, as entities that use humans for their own evolution and success rather than vice versa. Withoutabox Submit to Photogeaphy Festivals. The effect was profound and immediate.

Ships from and sold ohilosophy Amazon. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. In order to understand contemporary culture, we needed to move from the artifact to the apparatus.

Return to Book Page. Click here for phillsophy good wikipedia overview about Flusser and in particular a short essay about this book. This wikipedia entry includes the follow quotation: Given the central role of photography to almost all aspects of contemporary life, the programmed character of the photographic apparatus shapes the experience of looking at and interpreting photographs as well as most of the cultural contexts in which we do so.

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He died in in a car accident near the Czech—German border, while trying to visit his native city, Prague, to give a lecture. However, opposed to the homeland one can free himself off, the home understood as in house is a necessary part of human existence.