Revisiting the Boulevard du Temple: Architecture and Proto-Photography

Series: Photographers Gallery @ The AA
Date: Wednesday 9 March 2011
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 87 mins

Howard Caygill has published extensively in the field of the history of philosophy and aesthetics. His books include The Art of Judgment, Walter Benjamin: The Colour of Experience and Levinas and the Political. Howard Caygill is Professor of Modern European Philosophy at the Centre for Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University/Paris VIII. He is currently working on the relationship between photographic and spectrographic imaging.

The second part of the key speakers series run in conjunction with the Architectural Association featuring key photographers, writers and theorists. This series looks at photography rationalisation and depiction of architectural space and its role as a tool in deciphering the urban environment.

Prof Howard Caygill will present a reconsideration of Agamben's reading of Daguerre's photographs of the Boulevard du Temples, setting the image in the context of Daguerre's earlier work on panoramic cityscapes and dioramas.

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The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

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