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Week 5 Notes

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Week 5 Notes PH 159

Katie Schnepf

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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Katie Schnepf on Monday February 29, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PH 159 at Boston University taught by in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 53 views. For similar materials see Philosophy and Film in PHIL-Philosophy at Boston University.

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Date Created: 02/29/16
Week 5 Notes 2/24/16 ● What makes photos transparent? ○ Not reliant on photographer’s judgement ● Counter argument ○ But we can chop photos up ● Natural Meaning ○ Photographs have natural meaning ■ Spots on someone’s face mean measles ● They are a natural characteristic of the illness ■ Red light does not necessarily mean stop ● Rests on conventions and beliefs ● Dominic Lopes ○ He argues Scruton ■ Scruton’s argument is that ideal photography that ideal photography doesn’t represent qua photography ■ Scruton considers painting, theater, and literature as the end all be all standards of artistic merit (why does he choose those media tho?) ● Lopes says that we “see through” photographs ■ Fixed in time and place, distant yet proximate ○ Documentary aesthetics ■ Some aesthetic values are unique to photography ● 2D ● Defamiliarizing a revelatory scene ● Abell on Cinema ○ Abell argues that Lopes’ arguments are convincing for documentary and non-fic film ■ However, where does that leave fiction? 2/26/16 ● Primary vs. Secondary Depiction ○ Primary: what the artist intends to picture (ex. Bathsheba is what the artist wants you to see) ○ Secondary: other aspects of the picture (ex. linen, necklace, model, etc)


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