Jacques Derrida on the ghostly nature of photography and film

Interviewed in Ken Mc Mullen’s film Ghost Dance, Jaques Derrida comments on the ghostly nature of photography and film:

“Contrary to what we might believe, the experience of ghosts is not
tied to a bygone historical period, like the landscape of Scottish
manors, etc… but is accentuated, accelerated by modern technologies
like film, television, the telephone. These technologies inhabit, as
it were, a phantom structure … When the very first perception of an
image is linked to a structure of reproduction, then we are dealing
with the realms of phantoms.”

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