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A History of Light: The Idea of Photography.


A History of Light: The Idea of Photography

Junko Theresa Mikuriya



176 pages




The author argues that the history of photography goes further back than the 19th century, viewing its roots in Western metaphysics and discourses of magic, mysticism, and spiritual practice and in Platonic and Neoplatonic thought. She proposes a different way of thinking about photography in terms of the oevoking of light,o connected to the history of philosophy and its own evoking of light. She describes how Plato's cave in Republic VII is a photographic camera; how the chora in Timeaus is photography; the idea of oevoking of lighto in the theurgy of the philosopher Iamblichus; the story of St. Philotheos, a ninth-century monk from Mount Sinai who used the verb oto write with lighto to describe mystic union with God; and the work of Renaissance philosopher and magus Marsilio Ficino on life and light, focusing on the idea of photosensitivity. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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