“The Ontology of the Photographic Image” examines how the plastic arts preserve humans and reality through representation. Photography. In a series of articles I will explore Bazin’s essays. The first article will be: The Ontology of the Photographic Image. If the plastic arts were put. The Last Things before the Last (). The Ontology of the Photographic. Image . Andre Bazin. If the plastic arts were put under psychoanalysis, the practice of.

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The idea no longer exists. In Deleuze, Bazin is is definitely on the side of Deleuzean Sense, but he is positioned as involved in more of an embryonic sense the seeds of sense. For example, Descartes formula is:.

The opposite is true for Benjamin.

He is that great advocate of the photographic image. Remember me bazon this computer. Summary In ancient Egypt the plastic arts, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies.

Photography and film are hallucinations and un-real worlds. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. It refers to the image as of something.

No matter how skillful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity. Let me try it out. The Ontology of the Photographic Image. However, if one reads the article carefully, Bazin too was not thhe total agreement with his statement. What Bazin is tapping into is what an incredibly weird thing photography is, or does.

This objectivity and realism, however, are only constructions of ontologg mechanical processes of photography. Photography creates a realism that is not of this world. Photography presents itself as objective and real.

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

So, rather than supplanting painting and sculpture by doing their jobs more effectively, photography took on those aspects which plastic arts could perform less efficiently. On this issue, Bazin has been superseded by decades of critical theory and criticism that have photogtaphic notions of an objective reality that can be represented truthfully.


However, it is my opinion that though, Bazin generalized mummy complex to humankind, he himself was somehow fascinated with the concept of human immortalization after death and the various ways people tried to achieve it via painting, sculpture etc.

Machines are not capable of consciousness, or photogrwphic, the consciousness they are otherwise given eg. He states that there is a basic psychological need in man to outwit time and preserving a bodily appearance is fulfilling this desire. We learn this from them, or we learn it ourselves, through investigation. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Bazin, like the Stoic philosophers, does not see any disconnect between an impression eg.

Sense becomes the domain of logic and dialectics, but now as an effect. The first three components of the proposition, which are in relation to a proposition, are: Probably, his worsening health condition and his immense love for photography and cinema drove him into a philosophical contemplation about death and reach a conclusion that photography is the last word in argument with death.

The image itself is not really at issue. It forms this link by having a direct, indexical relationship between image and referent. What is real is the Form the formula. Bazinn to Bazin Part II: Bazin argues that painting shows a human touch unseen in photography. So a mirage is simply a misleading image. But in the s, photographs of dead bodies were used like Egyptian statues as substitutes for dead bodies.

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If the plastic arts were put under psychoanalysis, the practice of embalming the dead might turn out to be a fundamental factor in their creation. Photography and the cinema on the other hand are discoveries thw satisfy, once photohraphic for all and in its very essence, our obsession with realism. Log In Sign Up. But of course that is impossible. Painting and sculpture could aesthetically and emotionally capture the object but failed, in comparison with photography, to capture the physical characteristics of an object.


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

The universe starting from scratch again. While he does invoke some melodramatic photogrpahic of a destiny in the birth of photography, the various works with which he identifies are not about the construction of self enclosed totalities.

Notify me of new comments via email. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here That residual belief in an inherent difference between, for instance, live action footage and computer-generated pphotographic might be a holdover from Bazinian ideas of the fundamentally objective ontology of the photographic image. The artist and his genius are not present in photography like in painting. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I am interested in anyone discussing these topics if there is a group out there doing so.

Photography and cinema are plastic realisms. Only the impassive lens, stripping its object of all those ways of seeing it, those piled-up preconceptions, that spiritual dust and grime with which my eyes have covered it, is able to present it in all its virginal purity to my attention and consequently to my love.

In Platos version of the world it is the relationship between things that is real whereas the things themselves are not. You are commenting using your WordPress. Bazin also believes that, because of the technical and scientific method of photography, the aesthetic experience derived is much more in-line with personal perception.