La Kriegsfibel di Bertolt Brecht, una teoria negativa

Giacomo Daniele Fragapane


Published in 1955, after many problems due to its radical, ideological position, today Bertolt Brecht’s Kriegsfibel may be described as a ‘negative theory’ of photography. In its utopian and antimodernist structure we can detect several crucial themes of the modern reflection on what is “photographic” and a radical critique of the notion of the “author”. Brecht’s method goes against contemporary photographic historiography that institutionalizes a “classic”, dominant mode of production, and the idea of the medium’s specificity.


Bertolt Brecht; Kriegsfibel; war; capitalism; militant photography; author

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