Towards a Philosophy of Photography

Black Box of Human Nature,

Archival Inkjet Print, 14x21”,



An image before its developed, the structure known, but the content never certain.


“I don’t know. It’s the way I am.

Shouldn’t some of your questions be directed that way – to finding out why you are the way you are?

 I don’t think you can get good answers to questions about – human nature.

Better to think of it as a black box. You can’t apply the scientific method. Not well enough to be sure of your answers.” – Michel Duval


“A philosophy of photography must reveal the fact that there is no place for human freedom within the area of automated, programmed and programming apparatuses, in order finally to show a way in which it is nevertheless possible to open a space for freedom. 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 face of the chance necessity of death. Such a philosophy is necessary because it is the only form of revolution open to us.” p. 81-82