“The Ontology of the Photographic Image” examines how the plastic arts preserve humans and reality through representation. Photography. Beginning his essay, André Bazin dives right into the practice of embalming, how ancient Egyptians used to mummify bodies and keep them. GLA Fall Take Home Mid-term Assignment Santosh Kumar Korthiwada Instructor: Lisa Levine The Ontology of the Photographic Image – by.

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Influential Theorists: Andre Bazin – The Ontology Of The Photographic Image – The Motley View

Another point of difficulty Bazin encounters is that of a causal link. Why do I think so?

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Film takes photography to another level. Realism strips bare those preconceptions which, to Bazin, we accumulate through the passage of time like dust settling on furniture. Bazin also believes that, because of the technical and scientific method of photography, the aesthetic experience derived is much more in-line with imagge perception.

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André Bazin, “The Ontology of the Photographic Image” () – Jamie L. Brummitt, PhD

It was natural, therefore, to keep up appearances in the face of the reality of death by preserving flesh and bone. Historiography This is what Walter Benjamin argued about photography and film.


The Ideology of Realism: The process might reveal that at the origin of painting and sculpture there lies a mummy complex. Is there anything in the English language or any other language that you speak that refers to that sense in photography? Bazin continues to explain that the desire to see reality, though it is merely an illusion created via painting, is a mental need and realism in art is caught between the aesthetic and a deception aimed at fooling the eye.

In ancient Egypt the plastic arts, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies. This objectivity and reality are a product of impassive mechanical reproduction. The artist and his genius are not present in photography like in painting.

The first article will be: Your email address will not be published. Andre Bazin is undoubtedly a famous figure in film criticism and film theory. Photography presents itself as objective and real. No matter how skilful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity. Photography, according to Bazin, evaporates the human touch: They construct objectivity and realism through mechanical reproduction. Skip to main content. He compares this practice to the birth of the plastic arts.

Influential Theorists: Andre Bazin – The Ontology Of The Photographic Image

Reality is transferred from the thing to the reproduction. Caligari show this trend with certain scenes being coloured differently. The Ontology i,age the Photographic Image 1. Benjamin refers to Dadaism as an attack on reason, logic, materialism, and nationalism through the arts. We accept the object before us in photography as credible, really existing, and actually re-presented. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.


Photography and film are hallucinations and un-real worlds. In fact, this is what Bazin seems to argue when he suggests that they phoyographic hallucinations.

To preserve, artificially, his bodily appearance is to snatch it from the flow of time, to stow it away neatly, so to speak, in the hold of life.

Thus, as a final blow, Bazin makes the phltographic that photography is the most important event in the history of the plastic arts and then leads us into his article on the development of the language of cinema and how we analyze it. The first article will be:.