“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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Photography and cinema replicates the physically real without the barrier that one encounters when admiring a painting or sculpture.

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. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

Your email address will not be published. From statues, palaces, portraits to tombs influential men have commissioned and produced art to represent themselves and the world they live in. Just another Sites at Lafayette College site. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

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


It was natural, therefore, to keep up appearances in the face of the reality of death by preserving flesh and bone. Benjamin refers to Dadaism as an attack on reason, logic, materialism, and nationalism through the arts. Caligari show this trend with certain scenes being coloured differently. You are commenting using your WordPress. They are still magical because they still create worlds.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: They both create realities in their imabe. Bazin may have argued, however, that the counter-position — that photography is not objective — incorrectly translates his proper position. Photography and film can make us believe things that may or may not be not real. I think Bazin, even if he accepted that film is often modified, would argue that the best cinema would attempt to capture reality as it is.

The Ideology of Realism: Bazi Ontology of the Photographic Image 1. Bazin uses the French word objectif, which means the lens of a camera, and overtly, in the French text, plays on this meaning. They construct objectivity and realism through mechanical reproduction. University of California Press Ltd,pp.

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

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This being said, photography and cinema have freed mankind from the obsession of illusion in painting because they themselves satisfy ontolog obsession with realism. The opposite is true for Benjamin. 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. They freed the baain arts from their obsession with likeness.


Reblogged this on panyingfei. 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 ontoloogy the various ways people tried to achieve it via painting, sculpture etc. South Yorkshire England View all posts by A. Click here to sign up. Andre Bazin is undoubtedly a famous figure in film criticism and film theory.

Photography does provide more realism.

No matter how skilful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.