Derek Parfit (1942-2017) was one of the most influential philosophers of our time. His thought challenged our understanding of ethics, rationality, and identity, and his two books, Reasons and Persons and On What Matters, are widely regarded as among the most important works of moral philosophy in the past century. He held teaching positions at Harvard, New York University, and Rutgers, and was a Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. In 2014 he was awarded the Rolf Schock Prize in Logic, modern philosophy's highest honor.
Parfit was also a prolific and sophisticated photographer, returning each year to St. Petersburg and Venice to capture images of architecture, water, fog, and light. With a painterly sensibility and an uncommon feeling for color, Parfit's photographs provide compelling new insights into his philosophical work, and reveal a sensitive and finely developed aesthetic which was neither published nor exhibited during his lifetime.
Derek Parfit: The Photographs will be the first exhibition and publication of Parfit's artistic practice - a rare and beautiful epilogue to the life of one of this century's most original minds.
Philosophy Now: The Philosopher as Photographer
The New Statesman: Derek Parfit's Quest for Perfection, by Bryan Appleyard
The Financial Times: The philosopher in the darkroom: Derek Parfit's photographs, by Jonathan Derbyshire
BLAU Magazin: Derek Parfit: Das Auge Des Geistes (Derek Parfit: The Mind's Eye, by Olivier Berggruen and Samuel Sokolsky-Tifft
Resource Magazine: The Eponymous Photographer: Derek Parfit's Images Contradict His Philosophical Work