Making visible, making strange: photography and representation in Kracauer, Brecht and Benjamin (New Formations 61, Summer 2007)

Author: Steve Giles

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Publication date: August 1, 2007

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Steve Giles

Giles traces the aesthetics of photography in Kracauer’s ‘Die Photographie’ (1927) Рphotography’s mimetic realism suggests it cannot be art, but Kracauer implies that photography can be redeemed for the purposes of Art and History, making it a radically anti-mimetic medium. This almost contradictory position, Giles suggests, offers a Marxist aesthetics of photography, between Expressionism and Formalism, and similar to Adorno, anticipating Brecht and Benjamin.