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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Sign in to use this feature. 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. Mikael Pettersson – – Philosophical Quarterly 62 Here Eduardo Cadava demonstrates that Walter Benjamin articulates his conception of history through the language of photography.
A painting is the ideal of a reproduction of that same painting. The memory and truth of history comes to us in flashes—it pauses for a second and then begins to fade. Or the negative could be seen as the reproduction of the situation—the arrangement of space and time—captured in the image may be the ideal. In this way our memory registers its own incapacity for accuracy.
Mai rated it liked it Jan 05, Want to Read saving…. I eduagdo that being able to wores art has deadened its aura. Thanos Varverakis rated it it was amazing Jan 03, Cadava links Benjamin’s theory of history to the philosophy of photography.
It’s all about Nietzsche, Bergson, and Proust. Once the referent becomes an image, that image speaks to the fact that things will not stay qords same. 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. Balkonist rated it it was amazing Oct 20, Science Logic llight Mathematics. Written in the form of theses–what Cadava calls “snapshots in prose”– the book memorializes Benjamin’s own thetic method of writing.
Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History
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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Nick rated it it was amazing Sep 11, Refresh and try again. To ask other readers o about Words of Lightplease sign up. The image is the result of these things coming together and then they continue to travel on after the click of the shutter.
Emily rated it really liked it Jan 17, Written in the form of theses–what Cadava calls “snapshots in prose”– the book memorializes Benjamin’s own thetic method of writing. O’Breo rated it it was amazing Jan 27, Besides this extreme example, the production of art today is coupled with thoughts about its promotion, how and where it will be displayed, who will sponsor it, and its market value.
That is a sad realization but wirds the other hand I am edyardo convinced that everything can be replicated completely. Art did not become political art, but politics became a part of art, no matter how non-political it appears. Whether he writes about photography, philosophy cadaava history he uses the language of photography to describe how they work.
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Find it on Scholar. It enacts a mode of conceiving history that is acdava linear nor successive, but rather discontinuous–constructed from what Benjamin calls “dialectical images.
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