These are the words Eduardo Cadava situates as an epigraph to his remarkable new book, Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History. With an eye to. Focusing on Walter Benjamin’s discussions of the flashes and images of history, this book argues that the questions raised by this link between photography and . Words of Light has 32 ratings and 4 reviews. Here Eduardo Cadava demonstrates that Walter Benjamin articulates his conception of history through the lang.

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Just as every image goes through the processes of being a negative and not every negative is turned into a worde print, not every unconscious thought is turned into a conscious one. It enacts a mode of conceiving history that is neither linear nor successive, but rather discontinuous–constructed from what Benjamin calls “dialectical images. Open Preview See a Problem? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History by Eduardo Cadava

Amy rated it it was amazing Aug 02, History can be viewed in the same way, things come to light in the reliving and reviewing of history that were not previously thought of as consequential. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

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The power of this historical shock is not that the event is repeated after it is forgotten but wwords it is first truly experienced in this memory. Yet the ability to reproduce images has challenged our notion of art. The fact that everything must change gives photography its strength; if nothing ever changed we would have no need to record it.

Cadava links Benjamin’s theory of history to the philosophy of photography. The ability to reproduce objects existed long before our modern technology, it is not related specifically to technological advances. Trivia About Words of Light: In this way, photography is a method of grief.


Books by Eduardo Cadava. Trivia About Words of Light: Balkonist rated it it was amazing Oct 20, Through photographs we are made into static objects—reminding us that we are not static or permanent. Why Photography Matters to the Theory of History. Here Eduardo Cadava demonstrates that Walter Benjamin articulates his conception of history through the language of photography.

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