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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Want to Read saving…. Leigh Raiford – – History and Theory 48 4: The power of this historical shock is not that the event is repeated after it is forgotten but that it is first truly experienced in this memory. An example of this crossing of terminology can be seen in the comparison between philosophy and photography; they are both interested in knowledge and wogds be described in terms of light.

The image is the result of these things coming together and then they continue to travel on after the click of the shutter. Thanks for telling cwdava about the problem. Especially great because he doesn’t bring Hegel or Lukacs into it at all.

A painting is the ideal of a reproduction of that same painting. Notes on Photography, Causality, and Content. Anthie rated it it was amazing Aug 01, That is a sad realization but on the other hand I am not convinced that everything can be replicated completely. However, art is validated by the artist sharing their unique perspective with their audience. O’Breo rated it it was amazing Jan 27, Chase rated it it was amazing Apr 14, It is an impossible attempt at trying to make things stay the same while also being a sad acceptance that they cannot.


Mikael Pettersson – – Philosophical Quarterly 62 Lists with This Book. Cadava links Benjamin’s theory of history to the philosophy of photography. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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. Andrew Benjamin – – Thesis Eleven 75 1: 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. Thornee rated it it was ok Jun 26, Photographic technology has improved to the point where it shows us events we did not even realize were happening because they cannot be seen by the human eye.

Thanos Varverakis rated it it was amazing Jan 03, A Political Ontology of Photography. If the situation itself is the original, and our life the art, then not just photography, but all art forms, are merely reproductions. Stephen Dobson – – Journal of Philosophy of Education 46 2: I fear that being able to reproduce art has deadened its aura.

Rather than capture moments accurately, it tells us about oof. 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.


Art did not become political art, but cadaav became a part of art, no matter how non-political it appears. As soon as the technology of reproducibility advanced to the point where photography was born, the dynamics of art changed. Elizabeth Edwards – – History and Theory 48 4: This flash allows the historian to fit this image into its place between the past and the future, its place in the intersection between space and time.


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Sertac Caglarca rated it eduagdo liked it Apr 09, Princeton University Press Roth – – History and Theory 49 1: A Box of Photographs. On the Phenomenology of Photography. Nick rated it it was amazing Sep 11, Roger Grenier – – University of Chicago Press.

Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History by Eduardo Cadava (5 star ratings)

Hannah rated it really liked it Oct 11, Shot in the Dark: The negative could then be seen as the ideal. We now need to think of art in terms of its exhibition value. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Sign in Create an account.

Written in the form of theses–what Cadava calls ligjt in prose”– the book memorializes Benjamin’s own thetic method of writing.