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By John Lechte

 With the rising dominance of electronic know-how, the time is ripe to think again the character of the picture. a few say that there's now not a gorgeous snapshot, simply disembodied details (0-1) ready to be configured. For images, this means religion within the precept of an "evidential strength" – of the impossibility of doubting that the topic used to be sooner than the lens – is not any longer believable. Technologically talking, we have now arrived at some extent the place the manipulation of the picture is an ever-present danger, while as soon as it was once tough, if now not impossible.

What are the main moments within the family tree of the Western snapshot which would remove darkness from the current prestige of the picture? And what precisely is the location to which we've got arrived so far as the picture is anxious? those are the questions guiding the reflections during this booklet. In it we movement, partially 1, from a research of the Greek to the Byzantine picture, from the Renaissance snapshot and the picture within the Enlightenment to the picture because it emerges within the commercial Revolution.

Part 2 examines key facets of the picture this present day, akin to the electronic and the cinema photo, in addition to the paintings of philosophers of the picture, together with: Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, Jean-Paul Sartre and Bernard Stiegler.

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