Synopses & Reviews
This anthology offers a fresh approach to the philosophical aspects of photography. The essays, written by contemporary philosophers in a thorough and engaging manner, explore the far-reaching ethical dimensions of photography as it is used today.
- A first-of-its-kind anthology exploring the link between the art of photography and the theoretical questions it raises
- Written in a thorough and engaging manner
- Essayists are all contemporary philosophers who bring with them an exceptional understanding of the broader metaphysical issues pertaining to photography
- Takes a fresh look at some familiar issues - photographic truth, objectivity, and realism
- Introduces newer issues such as the ethical use of photography or the effect of digital-imaging technology on how we appreciate images
Seeing is believing –or is it? In an era of digital-imaging technology, can photographs still be considered truthful or realistic? Photography and Philosophy
takes an up-to-date look at the issues of photographic truth, objectivity, and realism. It tests the limits on what can ethically be done with a camera and examines the fundamental differences between photographic and non-photographic artwork.
Unlike the numerous texts devoted to the subject of Film Theory, this collection contains essays specifically about the art form of Still Photography and the broader theoretical questions it raises. Written by contemporary philosophers in a thorough and engaging manner, it is an excellent resource for students studying aesthetics or fine arts and photography.
About the Author
Scott Walden is Visiting Scholar in the Philosophy Department at New York University. His interest in photographic theory emerges from his training in philosophy and his practice of photography. His philosophical work has been published in the British Journal of Aesthetics, and his photographic work in his recent book Places Lost: In Search of Newfoundland's Resettled Communities (2003).
Table of Contents
List of Figures.
Introduction (Scott Walden, New York University).
1. Transparent Pictures: On the Nature of Photographic Realism (Kendall L. Walton, University of Michigan).
2. Photographs and Icons (Cynthia Freeland, University of Houston).
3. Photographs as Evidence (Aaron Meskin, University of Leeds and Jonathan Cohen, University of California, San Diego).
4. Truth in Photography (Scott Walden, New York University).
5. Documentary Authority and the Art of Photography (Barbara Savedoff, City University of New York).
6. Photography and Representation (Roger Scruton, University of Buckingham).
7. How Photographs "Signify": Cartier-Bresson’s "Reply" to Scruton (David Davies, McGill University).
8. Scales of Space and Time in Photography: "Perception Points Two Ways" (Patrick Maynard, University of Western Ontario).
9. True Appreciation (Dominic Lopes, University of British Columbia).
10. Landscape and Still Life: Static Representations of Static Scenes (Kendall Walton, University of Michigan).
11. The Problem with Movie Stars (Noël Carroll, Temple University).
12. Pictures of King Arthur: Photography and the Power of Narrative (Gregory Currie, University of Nottingham).
13. The Naked Truth (Arthur C. Danto, Columbia University).