Transparency, photography, and the a-theory of time [Permatomumas, fotografija ir a laiko teorija]


Tee, Sim Hui (2018) Transparency, photography, and the a-theory of time [Permatomumas, fotografija ir a laiko teorija]. Problemos / Problems, 93. pp. 177-192. ISSN 1392-1126

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Walton's thesis of transparency of photographs has spurred much dispute among critics. One of the popular objections is spatial agnosticism, an argument that concerns the inertia of egocentric spatial information vis-à-vis a photograph. In this paper, I argue that spatial agnosticism fails. Spatial agnostics claim, for a wrong reason, that a photographic image cannot carry egocentric spatial information. I argue that it is the disjuncture of the photographic world in which the depicted object situated from the space in which the viewer of the photograph resides that renders the photograph spatially agnostic. It is the timeless photographic world rather than the photographic object that renders egocentric spatial information inert. With this new formulation of spatial agnosticism, I propose that spatial agnosticism needs to be coupled with the temporal dimension (the A-theory of time) in the efforts to refute the thesis of transparency of photographs. Copyright of Problemos / Problems is the property of Vilnius University and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transparency in art, spatial agnosticism, the A-theory of time, transparency of photography, philosophy of arts, spatial information
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts
Divisions: Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2020 19:47
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 19:47


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