The Past's Threshold
Essays on Photography
Distributed for Diaphanes
This volume brings together for the first time all of Kracauer’s essays on photography that he wrote between 1927 and 1933 as a journalist for the Frankfurter Zeitung, as well as an essay that appeared in the Magazine of Art after his exile in America, where he would spend the last twenty-five years of his life. 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.
With a foreword by Philippe Despoix offering insights into Kracauer’s theories and the historical context, and a Curriculum vitae in pictures, photographs from the Kracauer estate annotated by Maria Zinfert.
Kracauer as Thinker
of the Photographic Medium
On Yesterday’s Border (1932)
Photographed Berlin (1932)
A Note on Portrait Photography (1933)
The Photographic Approach (1951)
Curriculum Vitae in Pictures
Sources of the Texts
List of Illustrations and Photographic Credits