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Marc Fumaroli, Donatien Grau: The Mechanics of Photography
The Mechanics of Photography
(p. 223 – 240)

Marc Fumaroli, Donatien Grau

The Mechanics of Photography

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Marc Fumaroli

is Professor emeritus at the Collège de France, where he was a Professor in Rhetoric and Society in Europe (16th–17th centuries). A world-class scholar on the transmission of the Classics in both literature and the visual arts, he is a member of the Académie française, the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, of the British Academy, the American Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts, the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, the Accademia dei Lincei. In 2000 he was invited to give the Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art, Washington (D.C.), and in 2001, he was awarded the Prix Balzan, the most prominent distinction in the Humanities. He is the author of numerous books, such as When the World Spoke French (NYRB Classics, 2011), The Republic of Letters (Yale University Press, 2018). In 2007, and again in 2011–12, he exhibited his photographs at the Maison européenne de la photographie.
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Donatien Grau

Donatien Grau

is a scholar and author. He currently serves as head of contemporary programs at the Louvre and as chair of the Association Pierre Guyotat.
Other texts by Donatien Grau for DIAPHANES
Donatien Grau (ed.), Christoph Wiesner (ed.): After the Crisis

After the Crisis offers a platform for discussions between some of today’s leading artists, writers, theorists, curators, and historians aimed at questioning the very status of photography today. Contributors come from the realms of critical theory, fiction,  performance art, fashion photography, and museums, as well as film and design, and their conversations bring together history and the contemporary. Comparing the current situation of photographic images with the crisis experienced by representation at the time of the birth of photography, they set our relationship with photographic images in the digital era in perspective. Through these discussions, we come to sense the existential burden of being surrounded by images, while also beginning to grasp the historical depth of a questioning of images that started long before the current generation and engages with crucial political and cultural issues of our time. 


With contributions by Philippe Artières, Osei Bonsu, Emma Bowkett, Elisabeth Bronfen, Emanuele Coccia, ­Russell ­Ferguson, ­Dominique de Font-­Réaulx, Marc Fumaroli, Leigh Ledare, Kieran Long, Roxana Marcoci, Renzo ­Martens, Paul ­McCarthy, Tom McCarthy, Pascale Montandon-­Jodorowsky, ­ORLAN, Alice Rawsthorn, Jeff Rosenheim, ­Elisa Schaar, ­Bruno Serralongue, Devika Singh, Abdellah Taïa, ­Oliviero ­Toscani, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh ­Matadin, Wim Wenders, Richard Wentworth.