François Laruelle, ‘The Concept of Non-Photography’

If philosophy has always understood its relation to the world according to the model of the instantaneous flash of a photographic shot, how can there be a ‘philosophy of photography’ that is not viciously self-reflexive?

Challenging the assumptions made by any theory of photography that leaves its own ‘onto-photo-logical’ conditions uninterrogated, Laruelle thinks the photograph non-philosophically, so as to discover an essence of photography that precedes its historical, technological and aesthetic conditions.

The Concept of Non-Photography develops a rigorous new thinking of the photograph in its relation to science, philosophy, and art, and introduces the reader to all of the key concepts of Laruelle’s ‘non-philosophy’.