• Form and Feeling in Photography

    Author(s):
    Magdalena Ostas (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Photography, Painting, Aesthetics, History of aesthetics, Literature and philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/gtsf-cq44
    Abstract:
    In his recent essays on art, philosophy, and the concept of intention in criticism, Walter Benn Michaels suggests that the opacity of a photograph with regard to the photographer’s intention, and photography’s taking up intention and chance as central animating problems, account for the medium’s increasing art-historical importance over the last several decades. In what specific and concrete sense, Michaels asks, is the taking of a photograph an intentional act? This essay responds to Michaels’ essays on art and the philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe and shows how, for Michaels, artists in the postwar and contemporary periods overwhelmingly are better and more incisive thinkers on aesthetic questions than philosophers and literary theorists.
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