Phenomenological Reviews

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The curious image

Husserlian thoughts on photography

John Brough(Department of Theology, Gettysburg College)

pp. 31-49


This paper develops a Husserlian analysis of photography. Based on Husserl's account of the constitution of images and image-consciousness, the photograph can likewise be understood as constituted according to the tripartite distinction image-thing, image-object, and image-subject. As this essay argues, however, the mechanical production of (traditional) photography is a mirror of memory that enjoys a special phenomenological relation to the past.

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Bloechl Jeffrey, de Warren Nicolas (2015) Phenomenology in a new key: Essays in honor of Richard Cobb-Stevens. Dordrecht, Springer.

Pages: 31-49

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-02018-1_3

Full citation:

Brough John (2015) „The curious image: Husserlian thoughts on photography“, In: J. Bloechl & N. De Warren (eds.), Phenomenology in a new key, Dordrecht, Springer, 31–49.