Walter Benjamin, Esther Leslie: On Photography

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Walter Benjamin’s 1931 essay “A Short History of Photography” is a landmark in understanding and criticism of the art, with surprising new insights on pioneers such as David Octavius Hill and Nicéphore Niépce, and their aesthetic and technical achievement
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Walter Benjamin’s 1931 essay “A Short History of Photography” is a landmark in understanding and criticism of the art, with surprising new insights on pioneers such as David Octavius Hill and phore Niépce, and their aesthetic and technical achievements.

On Photography presents a new translation of that essay along with a number of other writings by Benjamin, some of them presented in English for the first time. Translator and editor Esther Leslie sets Benjamin’s work in context with prefaces to each piece and contributes a substantial introduction that considers Benjamin’s engagement with photography in all its forms, including early commercial studio photography, the uses of photography in science, and much more.

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