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Derrida, Jacques (Author) & Fort, Jeffrey (Translator). COPY, ARCHIVE, SIGNATURE: A CONVERSATION ON PHOTOGRAPHY. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 112 pages. As New.

Posthumous translation of the author's transcribed commentary on subject. One of the most fascinating and illuminating texts on photography ever published. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. The book was first published in German and has not yet appeared in France (the conversation was conducted in French). Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original by a University Press. Without DJ, as issued. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jacques Derrida's reflections on photography, which represent an attempt to take up where Roland Barthes' seminal "Camera Lucida" leaves off. The book is best appreciated as a fruitful discussion, a tentative, promising, meandering, and frequently tantalizing beginning rather than The Last Word. An extremely prolific writer, Derrida did not pursue the insights in this one-off conversation any further mainly because he saw photography in the much larger context of "memory", going so far as to say that his real life-work has been as a "memorialist" (rather than thinker or philosopher). "Makes available for the first time in English, and for the first time in its entirety in any language, an important yet little-known Interview on photography that Jacques Derrida granted in 1992 to the German theorist of photography Hubertus von Amelunxen and the German literary and media theorist Michael Wetzel. Their conversation addresses questions of presence and its manufacture, the technicity of presentation, the volatility of the authorial subject, and the concept of memory. Derrida offers a penetrating intervention with regard to the distinctive nature of photography vis-a-vis related technologies such as cinema, television, and video. Questioning the all-too-facile divides between so-called old and new media, original and reproduction, analogue and digital modes of recording and presenting, he provides stimulating insights into the ways in which we think and speak about the photographic image today" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Jacques Derrida and photography collectors. This title is a modern classic, very belatedly published. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. One of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JACQUES DERRIDA TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0804760969. $100.00

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