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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Images signify a space and time. The image is irrelevant in comparison to the apparatuses surrounding it. I’m re reading it,but it was an introduction to some interesting problems in contemporary photography. However, his early books, written in the s, primarily in Portugueseand published in Brazil, have a slightly different style.

Inshortly after the Nazi occupation, Flusser emigrated to London to continue his studies for one term at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The machine is to be our slave, towagds our master. These must be the cornerstones of any philosophy of photography, and they make possible the following definitions of a photovraphy There is no such thing as naive, non-conceptual photography.

Flusser: Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Creative Writing and Literary Pnotography. Maybe you don’t agree with all of them, but it’s interesting to read another’s point of view about photography.

They are a reduction of spaces and time. But don’t forget to free yourself by playing against machines! Jan 31, Sergey Babkin rated philodophy really liked it Shelves: Published December 1st by Reaktion Books first published January 1st Flusser’s anti-quote bravado and originality is refreshing,vexing, and at times depressing Customers who viewed this item also viewed.


While we play the Instagram game by liking and reposting photos, the apparatus knows otherwise: Heidegger’s ideas about technology, or McLuhan’s writing about artifacts and extensions of the senses Flusser’s writings relate to each other, however, which means that he intensively works over certain topics and dissects them into a number of brief essays. Quotes from Towards a Philoso If you are interested in photography and philosophy of photography, this book will help you a lot although it will be twoards difficult to understand s author’s concept at the first chapter.

To Instagram, philosophu content of the photos people are taking is beside the point; the real point is that they keep taking them in order to fortify the apparatus. However, the apparatuses themselves automatically assimilate these attempts at liberation and enrich their programs with them. I found it very inspiring.

There is less than a week left to support our matching grant fund drive! For the next step, you’ll be taken to a website to complete the donation and enter your billing information. Flusser also brings to mind Foucault in the sense that his philosophy allows for only the most elusive and problematic possibility of human agency. They are pictographic, logographic and signifiers of objects in the program of the post digital world. 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.

Flusser showed how the transformation of textual into visual culture from the linearity of history into the two-dimensionality of magic and of industrial into post-industrial society from work into leisure went hand in hand, and how photography allows us to read and interpret these changes with particular clarity.

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The crux of this difference stems, for Flusser, from the fact that photographs are produced through the operations of an rowards. Essays on the Pencil of Nature. This book is not about photography – it is a political manifesto about freedom in a programmed world.


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.

Their achingly beautiful literary readings of the photograph o memento mori or studies in studium and punctum have no place in the Flusserian universe. How that information is distributed determines much of its meaning. Roughly 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 photogdaphy of this act flksser it is the apparatus that shapes the meaning of the resulting image.

The photographer in the sense intended pholosophy is, on the other hand, interested in seeing in continually new ways, i. The camera is a voracious, greedy device, programmed to stalk images the way an animal stalks prey: He died in in a car accident near the Czech—German border, while trying to visit his native city, Prague, to give a lecture.

Towards a Philosophy of Photography, Flusser

Art and Conspiracy at the Met Breuer. His father, Gustav Flusserstudied mathematics and physics under Albert Einstein among others. For this reason, Instagram keeps adding new filter sets and features in order to retain and broaden its user base.