Photography from the Turin Shroud to the Turing Machine

Yanai Toister

Photography from the Turin Shroud to the Turing Machine

Yanai Toister

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

235 pages | 40 halftones | 6 2/3 x 9 3/5
Paper $47.00 ISBN: 9781789381566 Will Publish April 2020 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
This book introduces two conceptual models of photography: the Turin Shroud and the universal Turing machine. The Turin Shroud inspires a discussion on photography’s frequently acclaimed “ontological privilege,” which has conditioned an understanding of photography as a sui generis breed of images wherein pictorial representation is coextensive with human vision. This is then contrasted with a discussion on the universal Turing machine, which integrates photography into a framework of media philosophy and algorithmic art. Here, photography becomes more than just the present-day sum of its depiction traditions, devices, and dissemination networks. Rather, it is archetypical of multiple systems of abstraction and classification, and various other symbolic processes of transformation.
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