As both an art medium and a way to record events photography has become ubiquitous in our increasingly image driven culture since its invention in the early 1800s these two interesting books take a serious academic look at how photography has influenced culture. Towards a philosophy of photography is not solely about photography but about the deconstruction of information how its encoded and decoded the cultural influences and how it is conveyed flusser broke down photography into the image the ap. Towards a philosophy of photography vilem flusser reaktion books the apparatus technical images are produced by apparatuses in saying this one presumes that the typical characteristics of apparatuses as such in a simplified embryonic form are also contained within the camera and can be derived from it to this extent the camera as a prototype of the apparatuses that have become so . The task of a philosophy of photography is to reflect upon this possibility of freedom and thus its significance in a world dominated by apparatuses to reflect upon the way in which despite everything it is possible for human beings to give significance to their lives in the face of the chance necessity of death
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