“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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“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

Photography tricks us because its mechanical nature seems objective and reproduces the model. Click here to sign up. Photography does provide more realism. Now interestingly enough, what is signified by a mirage, is actually water. Photography presents itself as objective and real.

Photography did not perfect the physical process color, etc. Benjamin, however, went further in his argument that photography and film are harmful. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Bazin certainly leverages that formula and it is a common understanding or misunderstandingthat the photographic image is an image of that which is understood to have caused the image.

The image itself is not really at issue. Summary In ancient Egypt the plastic or, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies.

But what occurs the second time around is not the Lord who taketh away but the mother who giveth. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: What Bazin means here is that the reality is automatically captured by the mechanical object called a lens and the man photographer is absent from the lhotographic process of re-producing the reality photograph.


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. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Andre Bazin is undoubtedly a famous figure in film criticism and film theory. And Bazin believes that this reproduction is treated, commonly, as if it is the object.

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In ancient Egypt the plastic arts, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies. However I believe that this point is too harsh. The gun in the bushes of Blow Up, represents the unconsciousness of an otherwise conscious fashion photograph.

The fact that a human hand intervened cast a shadow of doubt over the image. This always precipitates the most common criticisms of Bazin, that he posits film as an objective medium of record, whose truth claims hinge upon a privileged link to reality. The cart refers back to the painter and his paint.

With the birth of photography came the birth of photo modification and editing and films such as The Cabinet of Dr.

The difficulty we might have with Bazin is treating imae equivalence he sees between objects and images as a figure of speech, and the ontological frame of reference as not so.

Bazin argues that painting shows a human touch unseen in photography. For example, Descartes formula is: Now it is this effect of impersonal Sense that Bazin is aiming at when he otherwise uses the words objective, real, etc. When one indicates something.

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The Ideology of Realism: We can recognise it as an image, but not yet what it signifies. University of California Press Ltd,pp. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The object becomes photograph and photograph becomes the object. There is a tree.


Realism does the same thing would keep the gun but otherwise maintains the fashion codes that are in operation. Why do I think so?

Let me try it out. So a mirage is simply a misleading image.

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It was natural, therefore, to keep up appearances in the face of the reality of death by preserving flesh and bone. And in most debates the image, in itself, is not an issue. The religion of ancient Egypt, aimed against death, saw survival as depending on the continued existence of the corporeal body. For Bazin, the tricks of photography and film have no moral affects. FYI — I read the biographical information in Wikepedia.

In the race of immortalizing humanity, painting and sculpture could only create the illusion of cheating death but photographic re-production could take out a moment in a given time and space.

Photography affects us like a phenomenon thhe nature, like a flower or a snowflake whose vegetable or earthly origins are an inseparable part of their beauty.

This is not in dominant bazni but it has historical currency and it is the sense in which Bazin uses the word. Photography and the cinema on the other hand are discoveries that satisfy, once and for all and in its very essence, our obsession with realism.

Photography and film are hallucinations and un-real worlds.