Beginning his essay, André Bazin dives right into the practice of embalming, how ancient Egyptians used to mummify bodies and keep them. Influential Theorists: Andre Bazin – The Ontology Of The Photographic Image. andrebazincat. Andre Bazin is undoubtedly a famous figure in. “The Ontology of the Photographic Image” examines how the plastic arts preserve humans and reality through representation. Photography.

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Photography tricks bazn because its mechanical nature seems objective and reproduces the model. Thus, as a final blow, Bazin makes the assertion 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.

It was meant to awaken people from a false reality and a false consciousness. Photography presents itself as objective and real.

However the mechanical process of photography was produced by the human hand and could be seen as an extension of the human touch — the human touch made mechanical. The photograph is no more real than a painting or sculpture but to Bazin it reproduces reality rather than creates an ersatz, or replacement, as does sculpture.

In the race of immortalizing humanity, painting and sculpture could imahe create the illusion of cheating death but photographic re-production could take out a moment in a given time and space. He thinks that phoographic makes painting inferior is the excessive struggle of the artist, with so much hands-on involvement to make the painting as close phktographic possible to reality and photography on the other hand is so successful in re-producing reality without much intervention of man.

Another point of difficulty Bazin encounters is that of a causal link.

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They both create realities in their re-presentations. I disagree if he meant it in literal sense. The Ontology of the Photographic Image. It should be noted however that Bazin invests far too much faith in the technical process of developing film as an objective and not subjective process.


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. Film takes photography to another level. In simple words, Bazin means to say is that our eye, in general, loves beautiful things sunsets, landscapes, pretty things, baroque paintings etc. From statues, palaces, portraits to tombs influential men have commissioned and produced hpotographic to represent themselves and the world they live in.

Why do I think so?

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. Photography and cinema are plastic realisms. Photography and film are hallucinations and un-real worlds. The first article will be: To Bazin photography makes us see the world anew. South Yorkshire England View all posts by A. 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 entire process of re-producing the reality photograph. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

Just another Ontologyy at Lafayette College site. However I believe that this point is too harsh. You are commenting using your WordPress. Save my name, email, omtology website in this browser for the next time I comment. However, if one reads the article carefully, Bazin too was not in total agreement with his statement. Photography ranks high in the order of surrealist creativity because it produces an image that is a reality of nature, namely, an hallucination that is also a fact.

Photographlc I would agree with your statement: He states that there is a basic psychological need in man to outwit time and preserving a bodily appearance is fulfilling this desire.


Realism strips bare those preconceptions which, to Bazin, we accumulate through the passage of time like dust settling on furniture. To find out more, including how miage control cookies, see here: Reblogged this on panyingfei. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Benjamin, however, went further in his argument that photography and film are harmful. Discuss the French term for the lens objectif and its relation to the photographic sensibility.

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

The opposite is true for Benjamin. Email required Address never made public. In the fifteenth century, Western painting turned from a concern notology spiritual realities and aesthetics to one in which spiritual expression is combined with an imitation of the outside world that is as close as possible to reality.

A photograph is of a specific moment in time and a specific place, while art can be of any moment in any place which is why Bazin argues that a painting is more eternal than a photograph. 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.

Photography creates a realism that is not of this world. This objectivity and reality are a product of impassive mechanical reproduction. Benjamin refers to Dadaism as an attack on reason, logic, materialism, and nationalism through the tye. The object becomes photograph and photograph becomes the object. For many people, the plastic arts do retain their magical role.

Caligari show this trend with certain scenes being coloured differently. The arts no longer care about survival after death.