Photography, aesthetics of
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References and further reading
Batkin, N. (1991) ‘Paul Strand’s Photographs in Camera Work’, Midwest Studies in Philosophy 16, ed. P.
Uehling and H.
Wettstein, Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University Press, 1991.
(Combines philosophical analysis of photographic representation with critical reflection on an important moment in the history of photography.)
Bazin, A. (1967) ‘The Ontology of the Photographic Image’, in What is Cinema?, vol. 1, Berkeley, CA, and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, a translation of selected essays from Qu-est-ce que le cinéma? 4 vols, 1958–65, Paris: Éditions du Cerf.
(Advocates a version of the reality thesis.)
Currie, G. (1991) ‘Photography, Painting and Perception’, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 49: 23–9.
(Argues that the mechanicity thesis does not support the reality thesis.)
Scruton, R. (1981) ‘Photography and Representation’, Critical Inquiry 7: 577–603; repr. in The Aesthetic Understanding, New York: Methuen,
(Argues that photography is a representationally and expressively impoverished form.)
Snyder, J. and Allen, N.W. (1976) ‘Photography, Vision and Representation’, Critical Inquiry 2: 143–69.
(Argues against both the likeness thesis and the mechanicity thesis, without distinguishing between them very clearly.)
Walton, K. (1984) ‘Transparent Pictures. On the Nature of Photographic Realism’, Critical Inquiry 11: 246–77.
(Argues that the mechanicity thesis supports the reality thesis, while importantly clarifying both.)
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