Photography from the Turin Shroud to the Turing Machine (Book)
This book compares two conceptual models for theorizing about photography: the Turin Shroud and the universal Turing machine. It explores new propositions about the theory of photography; the concept of quasi-photography; a unique model for photography as algorithmic art; and an interface between philosophies of photography and media.
This book introduces two conceptual models of photography: the Turin Shroud and the universal Turing machine. The Turin Shroud inspires a discussion on photography’s frequently acclaimed ‘ontological privilege’, which has conditioned an understanding of photography as a sui generis breed of images wherein pictorial representation is coextensive with human vision. This is then contrasted with a discussion on the universal Turing machine, which integrates photography into a framework of media philosophy and algorithmic art. Here, photography becomes more than just the present-day sum of its depiction traditions, devices and dissemination networks. Rather, it is archetypical of multiple systems of abstraction and classification, and various other symbolic processes of transformation.
Yanai Toister is an artist and scholar whose work focuses on re-conceptualizing photography within the broader contexts of media arts and computation.