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The Historical Index of Photography

In the thinking of Walter Benjamin, the notion of historical index, his philosophy of language and the dialectics of aura form a constellation, which can be used to formulate the idea of historical index of photography. This gives means to think the medium of photography in terms of virtuality – on a level prior to any technical apparatus. This view on indexicality of the photographic image is helpful when studying the digitalization of photography. It also shows the relevance of relating the theory of photography to the tradition of philosophy on one hand, and to media theoretical questions on the other hand.

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