Photography: Philosophers, By Steve Pyke

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The Independent Culture

The British photographer Steve Pyke is famous for his series of portraits of film directors, astronauts and Holocaust survivors, but most of all for the project which began in 1988 with a commission to photograph AJ "Freddie" Ayer, the author of Language Truth and Logic.

Since then Pyke has captured something of the personality and character of every major living Western philosopher. Certain of his subjects will object to the use of the term, but in his introduction to this new edition of Philosophers, Arthur C Danto describes Pyke as a "master photographer of the soul".

Pictured: Michael Friedman in Stanford, California.

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