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[Commlist] new book: Photography from the Turin Shroud to the Turing Machine

Mon Feb 15 16:56:57 GMT 2021

Photography from the Turin Shroud to the Turing Machine

Available from:
Intellect / University of Chicago Press <>

This book introduces two conceptual models of photography: the Turin Shroud and the universal Turing machine. The Turin Shroud inspires a discussion on photography’s frequently acclaimed ‘ontological privilege’, which has conditioned an understanding of photography as a sui generis breed of images wherein pictorial representation is coextensive with human vision. This is then contrasted with a discussion of the universal Turing machine, which integrates photography into a framework of media philosophy and algorithmic art. Here, photography becomes more than just the present-day sum of its depiction traditions, devices and dissemination networks. Rather, it is archetypical of multiple systems of abstraction and classification, and various other symbolic processes of transformation.

Table of Contents:
1. The Nature of Photography
2. A Philosophy of Photography
3. Another Philosophy of Photography
4. The Landscapes of Code
5. Photography as Algorithmic Art

Yanai Toister is an artist, curator and educator serving as director of the unit of history and philosophy at Shenkar college of Engineering, Design and Art in Tel Aviv. Toister's work re-conceptualizes photography within the broader contexts of media arts and computation.

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