On Photography (Paperback)

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On Photography (Paperback)

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Walter Benjamin’s 1931 essay “A Short History of Photography” is a landmark in the understanding and criticism of the medium, offering surprising new takes on such photographic pioneers as David Octavius Hill and Nicéphore Niépce and their aesthetic and technical achievements.
           
On Photography presents a new translation of that essay along with a number of other writings by Benjamin, some of them presented in English for the first time. Translator and editor Esther Leslie sets Benjamin’s work in context with prefaces to each piece and contributes a substantial introduction that considers Benjamin’s engagement with photography in all its forms, including early commercial studio photography, the uses of photography in science, and much more. 
Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) was a German philosopher and cultural critic and one of the most important theorists of the twentieth century.
Product Details ISBN: 9781780235257
ISBN-10: 1780235259
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication Date: December 15th, 2015
Pages: 128
Language: English