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Antonioni and the Aesthetics of ImpurityRemaking the Image in the 1960s$
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Matilde Nardelli

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474444040

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474444040.001.0001

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The ‘Image-World’ and the Reality of Photography

The ‘Image-World’ and the Reality of Photography

(p.125) Chapter 4 The ‘Image-World’ and the Reality of Photography
Antonioni and the Aesthetics of Impurity

Matilde Nardelli

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers Antonioni’s thematisation of photography in and beyond Blow-Up (1966), in the context of the postwar proliferation of media images and image culture. It argues that if photography and what Vilém Flusser more broadly terms ‘technical images’ affect Antonioni’s cinema, his cinema in turn also demonstrates a commitment to reflect on such proliferation, and engage film, as itself a medium of technical images, in a self-critique of the role of the image in mass media culture.

Keywords:   Image Culture, Visual Mass Media, Reality, Photochemical Photography, Intermediality, Critique

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