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The Philosophy of Photography

Published on 15 January 2021 at 11:33

What is philosophy? What is art? Are they mutually exclusive or independent of each other? Is there a philosophy of photography? I don’t think any photographer would say their style and creative process is similar to someone else’s, but well-respected photographers have a purpose and philosophy behind their work.

Many philosophers like Kant and Plato have dug their metaphorical teeth into explaining the nature of art. Kant’s definition is much more contemporary than Plato’s, and defines art in a succinct way.

Kant defines art as: “a kind of representation that is purposive in itself and, though without an end, nevertheless promotes the cultivation of the mental powers for sociable communication.” To him...


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