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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Emily rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Rather than capture moments accurately, it tells us about death. For example, there eduaedo 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.

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Roger Grenier – – Eduwrdo of Chicago Press. Flora rated it really liked it Mar 03, It enacts a qords of conceiving history that is neither linear nor successive, but rather discontinuous–constructed from what Benjamin calls “dialectical images. Ariella Azoulay – – Verso.


Previously art existed as a singular, unique object, but today it can be reproduced an infinite amount of times. In this way our memory registers its own incapacity for accuracy. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Princeton University Press Carlo rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Find it on Scholar. This is similar to the ideas of the unconscious and conscious in psychoanalysis. Especially great because he doesn’t bring Hegel or Lukacs into it at all.

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. Preview — Words of Light by Eduardo Cadava.

Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History by Eduardo Cadava

The Pedagogue as Translator in the Classroom. Trivia About Words of Light: Once the referent becomes an image, that image speaks to the fact that things will not stay the same.

Photography in Aesthetics categorize this paper. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in Benjamin. Just as Plato theorized about the ideal of an object that could not be met by a physical representation, I feel that reproductions cannot meet the ideal of the art being reproduced. The book establishes the photographic constellation of motifs and themes around which Benjamin organizes his texts and thereby becomes a lens through which we can begin to view his analysis of the convergence between the new cadaava media and a revolutionary concept of historical action and understanding.


Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History

Hannah rated it really liked it Oct 11, Balkonist rated it wotds was amazing Oct 20, Amy rated it it was amazing Aug 02, Lists with This Book. I have mixed feelings on the idea of reproducibility. Anthie rated it it was amazing Aug 01, 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.

Now that there can be multiple copies of the same artwork the concept of originality fails and we need new criteria to evaluate artwork. Want to Read saving….

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