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The Concept of Non-Photography
Myriads of negatives tell of the world, speaking among themselves, constituting a vast conversation, filling a photosphere that is located nowhere. But one single photo is enough to express the real that all photographers aspire one day to capture, without ever quite succeeding in doing so. Nevertheless, this real cohabits intimately with negatives, with clichés as embedde ...more
Paperback, Bilingual (English/French) edition, 143 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Urbanomic/Sequence
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A good little Laruelle, between Philosophy 4 and the most recent developments. Subject matter is photography. Laruelle endeavors to extract it from its traditional philosophical/phenomenological interprétations, in order to free it from limiting representational conceptions. Non-photography iis therefore not a new way of doing photography or of thinking _about_ photography, but a way to let us think with photography autonomously from its blending with philosophy (such a blend is usually practice ...more
I feel like this was, for me specifically, the best possible introduction to Laruelle, as one of my many primary concerns include the nature of the image, realities, etc. And, exploring non-philosophy through this lens, makes it easier, right off the bat, for me to understand, let's say. Many of Laruelle's concepts, especially in the second half of the book, still feel a little over my head, but as I review my notes & dog-ears I imagine I'll come closer to an understanding, plus I plan on co ...more
François Laruelle (French: [laʁɥɛl] is a French philosopher, formerly of the Collège international de philosophie and the University of Paris X: Nanterre. Laruelle has been publishing since the early 1970s and now has around twenty book-length titles to his name. Alumnus of the École normale supérieure, Laruelle is notable for developing a science of philosophy that he calls non-philosophy. He cur ...moreMore about François Laruelle...