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  • Kairos


Phenomenology and Photography

Chan-fai Cheung, with essays by Hans Rainer Sepp, Kwok-ying Lau

English , 2009/01 Edwin Cheng Foundation Asian Centre for Phenomenology, Research Institute for the Humanities, CUHK

Tags: Art

253 x 253 mm , 185pp ISBN : 978-988-187-771-0

  • US$29.00

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Kairos, a Greek concept, means the right moment, the perfect time, the critical "now".

Photography is a play of time and light. The amount of time allowing light to get into the camera determines the quality of the photograph. If photography is considered as art, then the clicking of the shutter by the conscientious photographer for a particular phenomenon through his photographic seeing is what Cartier-Bresson called "the decisive moment", i.e., kairos.

Chan-fai Cheung presents the results of his applying phenomenology in photography in Kairos: Phenomenology and Photography, a collection of essays and over 200 creative photographic works—his products of kairos.


Chan-fai Cheung received his Dr.phil degree from Freiburg University, Germany. His major research interests include phenomenology (especially Husserl and Heidegger philosophy); philosophy of love, death, and happiness; and Utopian thought. He is now serving at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he obtained his BA and MPhil degrees, as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Philosophy, as well as Director of the following department and units: University General Education, Research Centre for General Education, and Leadership Development Programme. He is the author/editor of, among others, Chinese Qing, Western Love (in Chinese), Memory and Oblivion: Meditations on Mortality (co-author; in Chinese and English), Identity and Alterity: Phenomenology and Cultural Traditions (co-editor), Space, Time, and Culture (co-editor); and numerous academic articles.

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