Athens, Still Remains: The Photographs of Jean-Franois Bonhomme

Athens, Still Remains: The Photographs of Jean-Franois Bonhomme

Jacques Derrida


Athens, nonetheless is still is a longer remark on a chain of pictures of up to date Athens by means of the French photographer Jean-Franois Bonhomme. yet in Derrida's palms remark consistently has a fashion of unfolding or, larger, constructing in different unforeseen and collectively illuminating instructions. First released in French and Greek in 1996, Athens, nonetheless is still is Derrida's such a lot sustained research of the photographic medium in courting to the background of philosophy and his such a lot own mirrored image on that medium. immediately photographic research, philosophical essay, and autobiographical narrative, Athens, nonetheless is still provides an unique concept of images and throws a desirable gentle on Derrida's existence and work.The publication starts with a kind of verbal image or aphorism that haunts the whole e-book: we owe ourselves to death.Reading this word via Bonhomme's pictures of either the ruins of old Athens and modern scenes of a still-living Athens that also is on its option to destroy and dying, Derrida interrogates a philosophical culture that runs from Socrates to Heidegger during which the human-and in particular the philosopher-is concept to owe himself to demise, to a undeniable considered demise or comportment in regards to loss of life. Combining philosophical speculations on mourning and dying, occasion and repetition, and time and distinction with incisive observation on Bonhomme's pictures and a story of Derrida's 1995 journey to Greece, Athens, nonetheless continues to be is considered one of Derrida's such a lot obtainable, own, and relocating works with out being, for all that, any much less philosophical. As Derrida reminds us, the note photography-an eminently Greek word-means the writing of light,and it brings jointly this present day right into a unmarried body modern questions on the murals within the age of mechanical replica and masses older questions about the connection among mild, revelation, and truth-in different phrases, a whole philosophical culture that first got here to mild within the shadow of the Acropolis.

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