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The Past's Threshold - Essays on Photography
Author: Siegfried Kracauer

ISBN: 9783037346914
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 31 October 2014
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.6 x 0.8
Description:
Siegfried Kracauer was a leading intellectual figure of the Weimar Republic and one of the foremost representatives of critical theory. Best known for a wealth of writings on sociology and film theory, his influence is felt in the work of many of the period's preeminent thinkers, including his friends, the critic Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno, who once claimed he owed more to Kracauer than any other contemporary.

This volume brings together for the first time all of Kracauer's essays on photography that he wrote between 1927 and 1933 as a journalist for theFrankfurter Zeitung, as well as an essay that appeared in the Magazine of Artafter his exile in America, where he would spend the last twenty-five years of his life. The texts show Kracauer as a pioneering thinker of the photographic medium in addition to the important historian, and theorist, of film that he is acknowledged to have been. His writings here build a cohesive theory on the affinities between photography, memory and history.

With a foreword by Philippe Despoix offering insights into Kracauer's th...

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