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Title Nonhuman photography / Joanna Zylinska.
Author Zylinska, Joanna, 1971- author.
Publication Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017]
Description viii, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call # 770 Z
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Nonhuman vision -- The creative power of nonhuman photography -- Photography after the human -- Photography and extinction -- Ecomedia between extinction and obsolescence -- We have always been digital.
Summary Today, in the age of CCTV, drones, medical body scans, and satellite images, photography is increasingly decoupled from human agency and human vision. In 'Nonhuman Photography', Joanna Zylinska offers a new philosophy of photography, going beyond the human-centric view to consider imaging practices from which the human is absent. Zylinska argues further that even those images produced by humans, whether artists or amateurs, entail a nonhuman, mechanical element -- that is, they involve the execution of technical and cultural algorithms that shape our image-making devices as well as our viewing practices. At the same time, she notes, photography is increasingly mobilized to document the precariousness of the human habitat and tasked with helping us imagine a better tomorrow. With its conjoined human-nonhuman agency and vision, Zylinska claims, photography functions as both a form of control and a life-shaping force.0Zylinska explores the potential of photography for developing new modes of seeing and imagining, and presents images from her own photographic project, 'Active Perceptual Systems'. She also examines the challenges posed by digitization to established notions of art, culture, and the media. In connecting biological extinction and technical obsolescence, and discussing the parallels between photography and fossilization, she proposes to understand photography as a light-induced process of fossilization across media and across time scales.
Subject Photography -- Philosophy.
Hidden camera photography.
Electronic surveillance.
Automatic machinery.
Extinction (Biology)
Automatic machinery. (OCoLC)fst00822747
Electronic surveillance. (OCoLC)fst00907477
Extinction (Biology) (OCoLC)fst00918969
Hidden camera photography. (OCoLC)fst01740845
Photography -- Philosophy. (OCoLC)fst01061781
ISBN 9780262037020 (hardcover ; alkaline paper) :
0262037025 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)

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