•  4183
    Life More Photographic; mapping the networked image
    photographies 1 (1): 9-28. 2008.
    Twenty two years since the arrival of the first consumer digital camera (Tatsuno 36) Western culture is now characterised by ubiquitous photography. The disappearance of the camera inside the mobile phone has ensured that even the most banal moments of the day can become a point of photographic reverie, potentially shared instantly. Supported by the increased affordability of computers, digital storage and access to broadband, consumers are provided with new opportunities for the capture and tra…Read more
  •  98
    From publisher's description: "On The Verge of Photography: Imaging Beyond Representation" is a provocative and bold rethinking of photography in light of the digital transformation and its impact on art, culture and society. Addressing the centrality of the digital image to our contemporary life, the fourteen new essays in this collection challenge the traditional categories of photographic theory – that of representation, evidence, documentation and the archive – and offer a fresh approach to …Read more
  •  63
    Both photography and philosophy are invested in light as a form of intelligence, but while representation is central to photography as a recording practice, for Heidegger it is fundamental to the alienation of human beings from the world, and for Deleuze it is the foundation of political conservatism. This chapter brings together these critiques of representation and demonstrates that photography is both the visual form of Western metaphysics and the means for overcoming the boundaries imposed b…Read more
  •  49
    The Grin of Schrödinger's Cat; Quantum Photography and the limits of Representation
    In Daniel Rubinstein, Johnny Golding & Andy Fisher (eds.), On the Verge of Photography: Imaging Beyond Representation, Article Press. pp. 33-49. 2013.
    The famous quantum physics experiment 'Schrödinger's cat' suggests that some situations are undecidable, i.e. they exist outside of the normative distinctions between 'truth' and 'false' because both states can co-exist under certain conditions. This paper suggests that photography has very close links with this state of affairs, because photography allows one to move from the world of certainty into the quantum dimension of undecidability and indeterminate states
  •  35
    In what follows I wish to argue that in the twenty-first century the importance of photography is not in freezing moments in time, nor in portraying situations and individual points of view, but in exposing the inherent contradictions of structures that take representation as their ground. As representation is one of the building blocks of our culture, from the political order, to economics to science, photography provides an insight into its abyssal paradoxes, precisely because it configures th…Read more
  •  33
    One of the key claims in Jean-Francois Lyotard's "Discourse, Figure" is that the dialectical method tends to obscure and hide all which is invisible, illegible and sensual. Lyotard's strategy in exposing this rift within language is by way of showing that the distance between the sign and the referent should not be thought of as negation but as a form of expression. Instead of the dialectical relation between the image and the object Lyotard proposes radical heterogeneity that he names 'thicknes…Read more
  •  20
    In this article I explore the metaphysical underpinnings of ‘Art and Objecthood’ in order to tease out its reliance on several of the tenets of conservative art criticism: Plato’s theory of forms, Kant’s aesthetics and the unquestioning acceptance of subjectivity and representation. I argue that it is due to these investments that ‘Art and Objecthood’ fails to come to terms with the condition of art in the age of advanced technology and virtual reality. This argument develops by means of clarifi…Read more
  •  18
    Critical approaches to photography have one thing in common: they share an understanding that photographs must be approached visually. They take it as a given that photographs are pictures to be looked at, and they all agree that it is only through looking that photographs communicate. Whatever subsequent interpretations follow, the priority of vision in relation to the image remains unperturbed. This belief in the visibility of the photograph imperceptibly bonded together otherwise dissimilar a…Read more
  •  17
    Commissioned by The Photographers' Gallery, in this essay Rubinstein answers "one of photography’s most complicated questions": In our contemporary image-world of computers and algorithms, what are the key philosophical questions proposed by the medium of photography today?
  •  9
    What is twenty-first-century photography?
    Philosophy of Photography 7 (1): 155-160. 2016.
  •  9
    This paper considers the ontological significance of invisibility in relation to the question ‘what is a digital image?’ Its argument in a nutshell is that the emphasis on visibility comes at the expense of latency and is symptomatic of the style of thinking that dominated Western philosophy since Plato. This privileging of visible content necessarily binds images to linguistic paradigms of interpretation which promote representation, subjectivity, identity and negation over multiplicity, indete…Read more
  •  9
    Posthuman Photography
    In Marco Bohr & Basia Sliwinska (eds.), The Evolution of The Image; Political Action and the Digital Self, Routledge. pp. 100-112. 2018.
    While the lens based image can be seen as a simple manifestation of our ability to make records and to document, it is also a philosophical meditation on the specific power visuality, and its unique ability to shape ethical, moral and aesthetic perceptions.
  •  7
    Tag, Tagging
    Philosophy of Photography 1 (2): 197-200. 2010.
  •  6
    Both the analogue and the digital snapshot still belong to the industrial age in which the greatest threat to humanity was the man-machine hybrid – the Frankenstein's monster who turns on his own maker. But as the online philosopher Kim Kardashian teaches by inviting us to look at her through touching, pinching, and swiping, the man-machine paradigm is now replaced by wo/man-image. This is not only a change in the status of the image, it is also, and for the most part, a change in the status of …Read more
  •  4
    The original contribution of this thesis is the insight that photography is better served through the philosophy of difference than through the metaphysics of identity. This thesis takes seriously the mechanically produced image in order to claim that its technologies can be considered as the method that allows access to the subjective modes within difference and develops them in relation to the specifically photographic conditions of production: repetition, simulacra and the latent image. This …Read more
  •  3
    It is strange to live at a time when political liberalism and democracy are seeking new and more imaginative ways of damaging and even destroying themselves. Key preoccupations of liberalism are being employed specifically to undermine and discredit cultural pluralism and to advance new forms of nationalism and racism aimed at repressing the very 'other' that is the focus and the concern of progressive politics. One by one all of the staples of liberalism – such as class, gender, sexuality, race…Read more
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    Philosophie nach der Fotografie
    Merve / Verlag. forthcoming.
    This single authored book examines the purchase of photography on contemporary continental philosophy. Its core argument is that because photography is at one and the same time an image and ephemera, it is the ontological foundation of post-phenomenological philosophy that privileges experience over and above theoretical and critical engagement with the arts.
  • . 2017.
  • Photography, Activism and the Everyday
    Bloomsbury. forthcoming.
  • First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company