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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Refresh and try again. Even though they seem separate they are completely infused with politics. The fact that everything must change gives photography its strength; if nothing ever changed we would have no need to record it.

Just as Plato theorized about the ideal of an object that could not be met by a physical representation, I feel that reproductions cannot meet the ideal of the art being reproduced. Photography and video are the result of a need to reproduce ever more accurately.

Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History

Elizabeth Edwards – – History if Theory 48 4: On the Phenomenology of Photography. These legends, the writing attached to specific images, help determine the authenticity of an image. Carlo rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Lists with This Book. Cadava links Benjamin’s theory of history to the philosophy of photography.


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Photography in Aesthetics categorize this paper. Nick rated it it was amazing Sep 11, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Paperbackpages. Sign in Lighh an account. The memory and truth of history comes to us in flashes—it pauses for a second and then begins to fade. It’s all about Nietzsche, Bergson, and Proust.

Theses on the Photography of History by Eduardo Cadava. Baqer Aqaei rated it it was ok Apr 07, They need the hidden carava, the negative or unconscious, to be realized.


The lines blur with photography because all prints are a form of reproduction. In the same way that you may notice details in an image long after it was taken the flash of memory of an event might yield details that were unnoticed in the actual experience of the event. Once the referent becomes an image, that image speaks to the fact that things will not stay the same.

Sanja rated it liked it Feb 26, This site uses cookies. Want to Read saving…. Emily rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Each image represents a specific space-time crossing. If the situation itself is the original, and our life the art, then not cdava photography, but all art forms, are merely reproductions.

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For example, there is a point when all four legs of a horse are off the ground while it is running—something we did not know before the invention of the camera. The negative could then be seen as the ideal.

Leigh Raiford – – History and Theory 48 4: Sertac Caglarca rated it really liked it Apr 09, Chase rated it it was amazing Apr 14, Andrew Benjamin – – Thesis Eleven 75 1: Mar 20, George-Icaros Babassakis rated it euardo was amazing.

This flash allows the historian to fit this image into its place between the past and the future, its place in the intersection lignt space and time.

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Request removal from index. Cadava also delved into the role of reproducibility in art.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The image is the result of these things coming together and then they continue to travel on after the click of the shutter.

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