Urbanomic x Sequence Press

Apr 2015

ISBN 978-0-9832169-5-7


The Concept of Non-Photography

Original Edition
  • Paperback
  • 175×115mm
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Translated by

  • Robin Mackay

What excites Laruelle is that photography incarnates a decisionless move from original to copy. Hence, contrary to the whole modern history of photography theory that assumes a wholly specular relationship between photography and its referents, photography is, in itself, a fundamentally anti-specular mechanism.
— John Roberts, Philosophy of Photography

If philosophy has always understood its relation to the world according to the model of the instantaneous flash of a photographic shot, how can there be a ‘philosophy of photography’ that is not viciously self-reflexive?

Challenging the assumptions made by any theory of photography that leaves its own ‘onto-photo-logical’ conditions uninterrogated, Laruelle thinks the photograph non-philosophically, so as to discover an essence of photography that precedes its historical, technological and aesthetic conditions.

The Concept of Non-Photography develops a rigorous new thinking of the photograph in its relation to science, philosophy, and art, and introduces the reader to all of the key concepts of Laruelle’s ‘non-philosophy’.


A Czech translation was published by Fotograf in 2010.