05 January 2007

Photography & Theory

"Bébé avec Deleuze" - 2000 © M/M (Paris)

I came across this photograph while surfing this morning. I don't know if the designers (Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak) intended the image to be funny - after all, they are Parisian. However, I find it hilarious. Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) is one of those French writers about whom American political theorists of a certain sort fall over themselves. I have never been able to figure out what the point might be. Perhaps I ought to be supplying my young son August with the relevant texts and commentaries and meta-commentaries! Then again, that might get me in trouble with the Department of Child & Family Services ....

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