My background includes cognitive psychology and I really liked the intersection of photography and concepts being studied in cognitive psychology including perception and memory The image has taken possession of me like a restless spirit from elsewhere hold of an unknowing mortalThis book chronicles the author s obsession with a photograph he took a blind man in Paris The book is in journal form and the. The Blind Man A Phantasmography examines the complicated forces of perception imagination and phantasms of encounter in the contemporary world In considering photographs he took while he was traveling in France
anthropologist and writer Robert Desjarlais reflects on a few pictures that show and writer Robert Desjarlais reflects on a few pictures that show features of a man apparently blind who begs for money at a religious site in Paris freuented by tourists In perceiving this stranger and the images his appearance projects he begins to imagine what this man's life is like and how he perceives the world around hi. He author s own experience Theoretical ideas are intertwined with the personal
This was a fascinating read I highly recommend this book to anyone was a fascinating read I highly recommend this book to anyone in philosophy and the nature of photography This book approaches art and photography from a theoretical perspective It is a powerful text with a clear basis in research and careful explanations I appreciated the author s use of images to support the major idea. Vision is in a troubling wayComposed of an intricate weave of text and image The Blind Man attends to pressing issues contemporary life the fraught dimensions of photographic capture; encounters with others and alterity; the of looking; media images of violence and abjection; and the nature fantasy and imaginative construal Through a wide ranging inuiry into histories of imagination Desjarlais inscribes the need for a phantasmography a writing of phantasms a raphic inscription of the flows and currents of fantasy and fabulation. ,
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Reader ets deep inside the mind of the author The author s propensity for voyeurism is explored as well as the voyeuristic nature of photography and I couldn t help but feel like a voyeur myself while reading this book Phenomenology and its relation to photography is a major theme There are plenty of academic papers about these subjects but what makes this book uniue
is that it s discussed within the context of MWritten in journal form the book narrates Desjarlais's pursuit ofthat it s discussed within the context of MWritten in journal form the book narrates Desjarlais's pursuit of man portrayed in the "Photographs He Travels To Paris "He travels to Paris tries to meet with him Eventually Desjarlais becomes unsure as to what he sees hears or remembers Through these
interpretive dilemmas he senses the complexities of perception where all isdilemmas he senses the complexities of perception where all is shifting spectral a surge of phantasms in which the actual and the imagined are endlessly blurred and intertwined His mind shifts from thinking about photographs and images to being fixed on the visceral force of apparitions His own.