A history of light: the idea of photography

Mikuriya, Junko Theresa (2016) A history of light: the idea of photography. Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK. ISBN 9781474254175

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Abstract

When was photography invented, in 1826 with the first permanent photograph? If we depart from the technologically oriented accounts and consider photography as a philosophical discourse an alternative history appears, one which examines the human impulse to reconstruct the photographic or “the evoking of light”. Its significance throughout the history of ideas is explored via the Platonic Dialogues, Iamblichus' theurgic writings, and Marsilio Ficino's texts.

This alternative history is not a replacement of other narratives of photographic history but rather offers a way of rethinking photography's ontological instability.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Arts > Cultural history
Media > Media history and theory
Media > Photography
Arts
Philosophy
Depositing User: Theresa Mikuriya
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2016 17:39
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2017 11:34
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3014

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