The New Theory of Photography: Critical Examination and Responses

Aisthesis: Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi Dell’Estetico 11 (2):207-234 (2018)
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Dominic McIver Lopes’ Four Arts of Photography and Diarmuid Costello’s On Photography: A Philosophical Inquiry examine the state of the art in analytic philosophy of photography and present a new approach to the study of the medium. As opposed to the orthodox and prevalent view, which emphasizes its epistemic capacities, the new theory reconsiders the nature of photography, and redirects focus towards the aesthetic potential of the medium. This symposium comprises two papers that critically examine central questions addressed in the two books, with responses by the two authors in defence of their respective positions.

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Catharine Abell
Oxford University
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University of British Columbia
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