These are the words Eduardo Cadava situates as an epigraph to his remarkable new book, Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History. With an eye to. Focusing on Walter Benjamin’s discussions of the flashes and images of history, this book argues that the questions raised by this link between photography and . Words of Light has 32 ratings and 4 reviews. Here Eduardo Cadava demonstrates that Walter Benjamin articulates his conception of history through the lang.
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Thanos Varverakis rated it it was amazing Jan 03, It enacts a mode of conceiving history that is neither linear nor successive, but rather discontinuous–constructed from what Benjamin calls “dialectical images. O’Breo rated it it was amazing Jan 27, Cadava continues talking about history as imagistic but also associates it with psychoanalysis in a way. Trivia About Words of Light: The negative could then be seen as the ideal.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. They need the hidden component, the negative or unconscious, to be realized. The essay draws on the importance of understanding history through the language of photography. We have seen so many pictures of the Mona Lisa that when we see it in person it is like any other picture.
Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History by Eduardo Cadava
Trivia About Words of Light: Rather than capture moments accurately, it tells us about death. History of Western Philosophy.
Not needing to be concerned with originality or the ritual of art its function reversed. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in Benjamin. Or the negative could be seen as the reproduction of the situation—the arrangement of space and time—captured in the image may be wrds ideal.
Why Photography Matters to the Theory of History. Like the image burnt onto a retina after the flash from a camera illuminates the scene, this is the memory that flashes before the historian and even as he sees it, it begins to fade. The book establishes the photographic constellation of motifs and themes around which Benjamin organizes his texts and thereby becomes a lens through which we can begin lifht view his analysis of the convergence between the new technological media and a revolutionary concept of historical action and understanding.
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Request removal from index. That is a sad realization but on the other hand I am not convinced that everything can be replicated completely. Previously art existed as a singular, unique object, but today it can be reproduced an infinite amount of times.
Here Eduardo Cadava demonstrates that Walter Benjamin articulates his conception of history through the language of photography. Lists with This Book.
Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History
caava On the Phenomenology of Photography. Through photographs we are made into static objects—reminding us that we are not static or permanent. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Open Preview See a Problem? Photography in Aesthetics categorize this paper. The fact that everything must change gives photography its strength; if nothing ever changed we would have no need to record it.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. The referent will pass on—the moment passes, a person dies, the season changes—nothing is constant in life as it is in the photograph. Srikanth rated it it was amazing Mar 23, Chase rated it it was amazing Apr 14, This is similar to the ideas of the unconscious and conscious in psychoanalysis.
It gives us the most complete picture to date of Benjamin’s reflections on history. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In the same way that you may notice details in an image long after it was taken the flash woords memory of an event worxs yield details that were unnoticed in the actual experience of the event.
Emily rated it really liked it Jan 17, Leigh rated it really liked it Mar 28, Cadava links Benjamin’s theory of history to the philosophy of photography. An example of this crossing of terminology can be seen in the comparison between philosophy and photography; they are both interested in knowledge and can be described in terms of light. Chase rated it it was amazing Apr 14, Focusing on Benjamin’s discussions of the flashes and images of history, he argues that the questions raised by this link between photography and history touch edhardo issues that belong to the entire trajectory of his writings: Sign in Create an account.
I feel that this is at the base of why I photograph.