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A history of light : the idea of photography

Author: Junko Theresa Mikuriya
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 photogogic or "the evoking of light". The significance of the photogogic throughout the history of ideas is explored via the Platonic Dialogues,  Read more...
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Named Person: Marsilius Ficinus; Iamblichus, Chalcidensis; Plato
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Junko Theresa Mikuriya
ISBN: 9781474254175 1474254179
OCLC Number: 945647501
Description: 176 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Plato's Allegorical Camera-cave --
Plato's Chora and the Uneasy Place of Photography --
Iamblichus's Receptacle of Light --
Photographing the Divine: Philotheos of Batos --
Marsilio Ficino: Light and Photosensitivity.
Responsibility: Junko Theresa Mikuriya.

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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 photogogic or "the evoking of light". The significance of the photogogic 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.--

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Theresa Mikuriya's The History of Light is a startling contribution to the history of photography, to the issue of the relation between philosophy and light, and to accounts of the history of Read more...

 
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