Metaphysical Aesthetics of Photography


Book Description:
Pierre Poulain takes us through a brief history of the evolution of aesthetics in photography and offers philosophical insight that reflects in the way he understands and practices his art.

“While the Beautiful is in Everything, not Everything emanates the Beautiful,” says Poulain. Only the discerning photographer, a true artist, looks deeper to discover the eternal archetype of Beauty that transcends the physical and ephemeral plane. To Poulain, the task of recognizing and pursuing Beauty is an integral facet of the human experience. He carefully demonstrates how the archetype of Beauty is linked to Truth, Justice and Goodness, and suggests that bringing Beauty into our lives will open doorways that draw us closer to the other spiritual archetypes as well.

“Since photography touches the intuition more than the rational mind,” shares Poulain, “when practiced as an Art, photography seems to be the perfect tool to awaken the consciousness of humanity.”

Pierre heads the Israel chapter of New Acropolis – a school of philosophy in the classical manner. Having taught and practiced philosophy and photography for more than 25 years, to him they are not separate paths, but different expressions of the same search for wisdom, which expresses itself as Beauty and Aesthetics.

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