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Photography and Philosophy By Scott Walden

Photography and Philosophy by Scott Walden

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Photography and Philosophy takes an up-to-date look at the issues of photographic truth, objectivity, and realism. It tests the limits on what can ethically be done with a camera and examines the fundamental differences between photographic and non-photographic artwork.

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Photography and Philosophy: Essays on the Pencil of Nature by Scott Walden

This anthology offers a fresh approach to the philosophical aspectsof photography. The essays, written by contemporary philosophers ina thorough and engaging manner, explore the far-reaching ethicaldimensions of photography as it is used today. * A first-of-its-kind anthology exploring the link between theart of photography and the theoretical questions it raises * Written in a thorough and engaging manner * Essayists are all contemporary philosophers who bring with theman exceptional understanding of the broader metaphysical issuespertaining to photography * Takes a fresh look at some familiar issues - photographictruth, objectivity, and realism * Introduces newer issues such as the ethical use of photographyor the effect of digital-imaging technology on how we appreciateimages

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"As a whole,Walden's collection is a valuable addition to the philosophical literature on photography. It is well organized and contains a sustained discussion of many of the more provocative claims that philosophers have made about photography. It is still an open question whether any of these claims are true, but rather than simply dwelling upon the banal truths that we all already agree upon, it is a lot more interesting." (The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Summer 2010) "This is a very valuable collection that gathers together a set of articles and issues that should be of general interest to philosophers of art." (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, February 2009) "How does one accept or deny 'reality' in photographic excursions? This is the central issue in this extraordinary compilation of 13 essays by contemporary philosophers who argue back and forth (in editor Walden's clever arrangement) so that readers must engage their own minds within the constantly conflicting (theoretical and personal) propositions/explanations. This is a rich, provocative, intelligent, challenging, and important compilation. Highly recommended." (Choice, November 2008) "Many of the essays are well written and indeed groundbreaking ... .Given its overall depth, the anthology is worth reading by any critic, curator or student of the arts." (Prefix Photo, 2008) "Will enlighten the student and refresh the informed. Contributes greatly to the literature and will occupy a favorite spot on the book shelves." (Metapsychology)

About Scott Walden

Scott Walden's interest in photographic theory emerges from his training in philosophy and his practice of photography. His philosophical work has been published in the British Journal of Aesthetics, and his photographic work in Places Lost: In Search of Newfoundland's Resettled Communities (2003). In 2007 he was awarded the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography by the Canada Council for the Arts. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Nassau Community College.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Scott Walden, New York University). 1. Transparent Pictures: On the Nature of Photographic Realism(Kendall Walton, University of Michigan). 2. Photographs and Icons (Cynthia Freeland, University ofHouston). 3. Photographs as Evidence (Aaron Meskin, Texas Tech Universityand Jonathan Cohen, University of California, San Diego). 4. Truth in Photography (Scott Walden, New York University). 5. Documentary Authority and the Art of Photography (BarbaraSavedoff, Baruch College). 6. Photography and Representation (Roger Scruton, Institute forthe Psychological Sciences, Princeton University). 7. How Photographs 'Signify': Cartier-Bresson's 'Reply' toScruton (David Davies, McGill University) 8. Scales of Space and Time in Photography: PerceptionPoints Two Ways : (Patrick Maynard, University of WesternOntario). 9. True Appreciation (Dominic Lopes, University of BritishColumbia). 10. Landscape and Still Life-Static Representations of StaticScenes (Kendall Walton, University of Michigan). 11. The Problem with Movie Stars (Noel Carroll, TempleUniversity). 12. Pictures of King Arthur: Photography and the Power ofNarrative (Gregory Currie, University of Nottingham). 13. The Naked Truth (Arthur Danto, Columbia University). Epilogue. Index.

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Photography and Philosophy: Essays on the Pencil of Nature by Scott Walden
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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