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The Concept of Non-Photography

Authors: Laruelle, Francois
Publisher: MIT Press
BISAC/Subject: PHI001000, PHO005000
ISBN: 9780983216957, Related ISBNs: 0983216916, 0983216959, 9780983216919, 9780983216957
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 304,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A rigorous new thinking of the photograph in its relation to science, philosophy, and art, so as to discover an essence of photography that precedes its historical, technological, and aesthetic conditions.

If philosophy has always understood its relation to the world according to the model of the instantaneous flash of a photographic shot, how can there be a “philosophy of photography” that is not viciously self-reflexive?

Challenging the assumptions made by any theory of photography that leaves its own “onto-photo-logical” conditions uninterrogated, Laruelle thinks the photograph non-philosophically, so as to discover an essence of photography that precedes its historical, technological and aesthetic conditions.

The Concept of Non-Photography develops a rigorous new thinking of the photograph in its relation to science, philosophy, and art, and introduces the reader to all of the key concepts of Laruelle's “non-philosophy.”

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