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Phenomenology 2010

Volume 4, 2011

Selected Essays from Northern Europe

Iris Laner
Pages 503-528

So wird anders gewesen sein
Zur Zeitlichkeit des photographischen Bildes

In this paper, I will investigate the temporal structure of photographic images. According to a common understanding, photographic images open up a direct access to what has been recorded in the past. In contrast to this view, I will show that photographs have to be conceived in terms of a higher temporal complexity. Referring to Derrida’s reflections upon trace, representation, and the temporal mode of the futur antérieur as well as his involvement in photography, I will understand the temporality of photographic images not as unidirectional relation of presence and past, but rather as an ongoing process of temporalization.

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