Title

Depictive traces : on the phenomenology of photography

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Volume

69

Issue

2

First Page

185

Last Page

196

Abstract

Ever since their invention, photographic images have often been viewed as constituting a special kind of image. Often, photography has been claimed to be a particularly realistic medium. At other times, photographs are said to be epistemically superior to other types of images. Yet another way in which photographs apparently are special is that our subjective experience of looking at photographs seems very different from our experience of looking at other types of images, such as paintings and drawings. While the other seemingly distinctive aspects of photography have been quite thoroughly discussed in the literature, theories of the experience of photography, or in other words, theories of its distinctive phenomenology, are less common.

DOI

10.1111/j.1540-6245.2011.01460.x

Print ISSN

00218529

E-ISSN

15406245

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Pettersson, M. (2011). Depictive traces: On the phenomenology of photography. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 69(2), 185-196. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6245.2011.01460.x