Siegfried Kracauer was a leading intellectual figure of the Weimar Republic and one of the foremost representatives of critical theory. Adorno, who once claimed he owed more to Kracauer than any other contemporary. 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.
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Walter Benjamin (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Siegfried Kracauer. Essays on Photography , p. With these stereographs, instantaneous photography virtually entered the scene. In nineteenth-century France, the arrival of photography coincided with the rise of positivist philosophy and the concurrent emphasis on science. Hence the marked concern, in the childhood days of photography, with truth to reality in a scientific sense — a concern which not only benefited the realistic trend in art and literature but facilitated the acceptance of the camera as both a recording and exploring instrument. As a recording device, the camera was bound to fascinate minds in quest of scientific objectivity.
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Theodor W. They are seen together in strikingly few pictures, almost always photographing each other instead — such as during their stay in Minnewaska, New York, in the summer of They are both shown in half profile, shaded from the sun by a shelter made of rough timber.