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Für eine Philosophie der Fotografie

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Media philosopher Vilém Flusser proposed a revolutionary new way of thinking about photography. An analysis of the medium in terms of aesthetics, science and politics provided him with new ways of understanding both the cultural crises of the past and the new social forms nascent within them. Flusser showed how the transformation of textual into visual culture (from the li
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Published 1989 by European Photography (first published January 1st 1983)
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Brief. Fascinating. According to Flusser, we’re caught, it seems, in a Kafkaesque condition of non-freedom, swallowed up so to speak by our apparatuses. He describes two historical paradigm shifts: the invention of writing, which he situates in the second millennium BCE and the invention of photography in the 19th century. 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 th ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Parham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
به نظرم برای کسایی نوشته شده که درباره عکاسی و بحث های پیرامونش قبلا مطالعه داشتن... ی خرده برای من که تازه میخواستم وارد دنیای عکس بشم مبهم بود بعضی قسمتاش...
بعضی از قسمت ها هم ذهن آدم رو درگیر می کرد و به فکر می انداخت که خیلی خوب بود...
Mark Broadhead
What a mess. A 'philosophy' book without references. A multitude of quips, without thought, or little consistency with what he has said before or will say in the next sentence. Is there no good thinking on photography other than Barthes' Camera Lucida?
Apr 03, 2013 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting attempt to build a theoretical framework around photography, sometimes gratifying, but not always successful. The central idea of an "apparatus," tied to mechanical devices, social systems, and "programmed" with every possibility already inherent in the device itself... it's one of a number of intriguing conceptual turns taken by Flusser.

I sensed two major weaknesses in Flusser's framework. First, he's often rehashing ideas of other thinkers on these topics... Heidegger's ideas about
Rodrigo Novaes
Oct 16, 2013 Rodrigo Novaes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not about photography - it is a political manifesto about freedom in a programmed world.
Char Tan
Jul 07, 2007 Char Tan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flusser's anti-quote bravado and originality is refreshing,vexing, and at times changes how you see everything.

Este ensaio serviu-me de incentivo para uma reflexão crítica sobre a Imagem, mais especificamente sobre a Fotografia. Interessa-me sobretudo tratar da problemática da imagem fotográfica enquanto expressão do pensamento, tentando perceber a intenção do Fotógrafo.

É um livro muito peculiar, o autor tem conceitos próprios que me causaram alguma estranheza, porque não é convencional, tem um discurso particular, fácil de ler mas não justificativo e de certa forma, provocador. Depois de descodificar os
Sep 01, 2015 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the reason why a raven is like a writing desk. It has helped me a great deal in understanding a development of the natural world. Flusser's philosophies are a mastery. And particularly, his ideas on the apparatus are wonderful thoughts. This is a book that I will return to again and again.

I have added here a brief thought inspired by the book entitled 'The Magic of Photography.'

The Magic of Photography

Images are textual mediations that work to reconstruct a reality between world a
Eduardo Deboni
Mar 12, 2016 Eduardo Deboni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Czech philosopher, naturalized Brazilian, Vilém Flusser (1920-1991) considers the invention of photography as important as the invention of writing. 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. He has glimpsed the magical ability of a photographic image could destroy the one-dime ...more
Al Matthews
Jul 27, 2007 Al Matthews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: literates & art-literates
Hello. So, inspired by friend-traffic on this site I'll begin a temporary but sustained one-per-day or so.

Item one: sorta trendy a certain number (7? 10?) of years back; but really, this seems a very lovely translation and is a very well-couched bit of theory, because it's a great read.

Prospective readers will note this is not so much a sustained analysis of photographic practice as a fresh contribution to typically mealymouthed discussions of the relation between writing and image -- plus a the
Joséphine (Word Revel)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Initial thoughts: I expected this book to be rooted more in theory. Instead, Flusser set out to contribute hypotheses to the discourse of photography. He did mention this in the foreword though, so that was clear from the beginning. Towards a Philosophy of Photography is not solely about photography but about the deconstruction of information—how it's encoded and decoded, the cultural influences and how it is conveyed. Flusser broke down photography into the image, the ap
Taco Hidde Bakker
Oct 11, 2016 Taco Hidde Bakker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. If you want to read about photographers or particular photographs, read others. If you wish to receive stimulating speculation towards thinking photography as abstract category, Flusser is your thought-feeding-machine. But don't forget to free yourself by playing against machines!
Sep 22, 2009 Anselm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tiago Vitória
Fascinating way of thinking but sometimes it can be too hermetic for the reader. 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.

Mar 10, 2008 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: photographer artists
very interesting read. very short, very dense. but most interestingly, it treats photography as an industrial/post-industrial human condition and way of seeing the world at large. It also, as the title implies, does not try to be the end-all-be-all on photography.
Mika Mota
very hard reading, but now I have the perception of the black box. The machine is to be our slave, not our master
Daniela López
Jul 06, 2016 Daniela López rated it liked it
Es un texto bastante complejo a diferencia de La Cámara Lucida, con una mirada menos emocional y mucho mas critica con respecto al sujeto y la sociedad que vive ahogada en imágenes técnicas.
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Vilém Flusser was a philosopher born in Czechoslovakia. He lived for a long period in Brazil and later in France, and his works are written in several different languages.
His early work was marked by discussion of the thought of Martin Heidegger, and by the influence of existentialism and phenomenology. Phenomenology would play a major role in the transition to the later phase of his work, in whic
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“Both those taking snaps and documentary photographers, however, have not understood 'information.' What they produce are camera memories, not information, and the better they do it, the more they prove the victory of the camera over the human being.” 16 likes
“The task of a philosophy of photography is to reflect upon this possibility of freedom - and thus its significance - in a world dominated by apparatuses; to reflect upon the way in which, despite everything, it is possible for human beings to give significance to their lives in the face of the chance necessity of death. Such a philosophy is necessary because it is the only form of revolution left open to us.” 11 likes
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