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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Vilém Flusser – Wikipedia

Estes pontos variam de intensidade luminosa consoante a cor, copiando o modo como os objectos absorvem e reflectem a luz na natureza. Flusser describes a world fundamentally changed by the invention of the “technical image” and the mechanisms that support and define industrialized modern culture.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. A lens on a camera will inevitably take telescopic photos. These unconscious “habits prevent bits of information from being perceived” [10] and make the habitual environment comfortable and therefore pretty. Aug 07, carpe librorum: How many people snapping photos with a smartphone only take one shot of any given scene? I have added here a brief thought inspired by the book entitled ‘The Magic of Photography. 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.

While writing revolutionized humanity and marked the beginning of the historical period, photography, and its new coding and symbolization of the information, make the post-history, with equally revolutionary developments, developers and modifiers of humanity.

Paperback94 pages. At first, he immigrated to the North of Italy Tyrol. 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.


Towards a Philosophy of Photography.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. There is no such thing as naive, non-conceptual photography. He contributed to the dichotomy in history: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews. When he did refer to other thinkers like Marx and Kafka, his survey of their theories in relation to photography were extremely brief.


The book looks more like a manifesto than like a philosophical study. Flusser developed a lexicon of terms that have proven influential and that continue to be useful for thinking about contemporary photography, digital imaging technologies and their online uses. For the next step, you’ll be taken to a website to complete the donation and enter your billing information. He contributed to the dichotomy in history: He viewed photography from a completely technical standpoint.

The Shape of Things. He states that the first humans were surrounded by their tools; then, as a consequence of the Industrial Revolution, humans began to 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. How that information is distributed determines much of its meaning.

Flusser also brings to mind Foucault in the sense that his philosophy allows for only the most elusive and problematic possibility of human agency.

That photographers are playing a game of operating the camera, but always within the programmed rules of the apparatus. To Instagram, the content of the rowards people are taking is beside the point; the real point is that they keep taking them in order to fortify the apparatus.

English Choose a language for shopping. Read more Read less. Photographg put, the person using a camera might think that they are operating its controls to produce a picture that shows the world the way they want it to be seen, but it is the pre-programmed character of the camera that sets the parameters of this act and it is the apparatus that shapes the meaning of the resulting image. 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.


Vilém Flusser

To ask other readers questions about Towards a Yowards of Photographyplease sign up. Customers who bought this item also bought. Flusser would have benefited from more thoughtful citation, and more focus. Flusser opens with a bold hypothesis that there have been two fundamental turning points in human culture.

Towards a Philosophy of Photography, Flusser

They are a reduction of spaces and time. While we play the Instagram game by liking and reposting photos, the apparatus knows otherwise: Flusser’s philosophies are a mastery. If you wish to receive stimulating speculation photogra;hy thinking photography as abstract category, Flusser is your thought-feeding-machine.

We work for the camera.

The physical value even of a printed photograph is negligible: This wikipedia entry includes the follow quotation:. Flusser broke down photography into the image, the ap Actual rating: Many photographers therefore also prefer black-and-white photographs to color photographs because they more clearly reveal the actual significance of the photograph, i.

A multitude of quips, without thought, or little consistency with what he has said before or will say in the next sentence. In order to understand contemporary culture, we needed to move from the artifact to the apparatus.