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. “The Ontology of the Photographic Image” examines how the plastic arts preserve humans and reality through representation. Photography.

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This being said, photography and cinema have freed mankind from the obsession of illusion in painting because they themselves ongology our baxin with realism. They lose their aura originality, subjectivity, production history and trick the masses into believing that a constructed reality is reality.

Photography and film can make us believe things that may or may not be not real. 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. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here And in most debates the image, in itself, is not an issue.

However, if one reads the article carefully, Bazin too was not in total agreement with his statement. Thus, by providing a defence against the passage of time it satisfied a basic psychological need in man, for death is but the victory of time.

Santosh Kumar Korthiwada Instructor: Bazin, like the Stoic philosophers, does not see any disconnect between an impression eg.

“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

Sense becomes the domain of logic and dialectics, but now as an effect. We do not need to know yet what it signifies. Is it formulas or things? Reality is transferred from the thing to the reproduction. Email required Address never made public. Bazin, I think, taps into something Deleuze identifies.


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. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The image itself is not really at issue.

Painting and sculpture could aesthetically and emotionally capture the object but failed, in comparison with photography, to capture the physical characteristics of an object. The first article will be:. The artist and his genius are not tue in photography like baxin painting.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The mind of God. The opposite is true for Benjamin.

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

Photography does provide more realism. If I get a chance in the exam your article will come in handy. To preserve, artificially, his bodily appearance is to snatch it from the flow rhe time, to stow it away neatly, so to speak, in the hold of life.

Realism bzain bare those preconceptions which, to Ontoogy, we accumulate through the passage of time like dust settling on furniture. 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. However I believe that this point is too harsh.

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So Deleuze following the Stoics adds a fourth relation or expression: University of California Press Ltd,pp. The arts no longer care about survival after death. Realism and surrealism are very closely related. For the surrealists this something rather than nothing was an example of what they otherwise understood as the unconscious. I may be defeating my own purpose here.


Photography presents itself as objective and real. What is at stake in both camps is not necessarily which is preferable: It was meant to ;hotographic people from a false reality and a false consciousness. When the shutter pf a camera opens to let light in, the light reflected from the object in front of the lens causes a chemical change in the light-sensitive material of the film itself.

Now Bazin is not interested in the relationship between shots but in the shots themselves. The religion of ancient Egypt, aimed against death, saw survival as depending on the continued existence of the corporeal body. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Do you agree or disagree? There is a tree. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This objectivity and realism, however, are only constructions of the mechanical processes of photography.

When these theories are put into practice, as you suggest, they have to flex to take account of all the variations and modes to which filmmakers can apply the apparatus.

While he does invoke some melodramatic flourishes of a destiny in the birth of photography, the various works with which he identifies are not about the construction of photographiv enclosed totalities. Skip to main content. It refers to the image as of something.

Log In Sign Up. I disagree if he meant it in literal sense.