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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Santosh Kumar Korthiwada Instructor: To Bazin photography makes us see the world anew. Help Center Find new research papers in: 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.

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And Bazin believes that this reproduction is treated, commonly, as if it is the object. Remember me on this computer. Photography and cinema replicates the physically real without the barrier that one encounters when admiring a painting or sculpture.

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In this sense, a photograph is no more real onto,ogy a painting or sculpture. 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 presents itself as objective and real. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

According to Bazin, today no one recognizes the ontological link between the body and a representation: Photography affects us like a phenomenon in nature, like a flower or a snowflake whose vegetable or earthly origins are an inseparable part of their beauty. They lose their aura originality, subjectivity, production history and trick the masses into believing that a constructed reality is reality.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. The cart refers back to the painter and his paint. But in the s, photographs of dead bodies were used like Egyptian statues as substitutes for dead bodies. Discuss the French term for the lens objectif and its relation to the photographic sensibility.

Log In Sign Up. Similarly, Bazin refers to surrealism photography as a means of awakening people from the false reality and false consciousness of photography. Because, however, pyramids and labyrinths could be pillaged, statuettes were developed as substitute mummies in case anything were to come of the real one. Bazin uses the French word objectif, andree means the lens of a camera, and overtly, in the French text, plays on bazni meaning.

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. South Yorkshire England View all posts by A. Reblogged this on panyingfei.

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

It was meant to awaken people from a false reality and a false anere. The first article will be: Photography does provide more realism. The process might reveal that at the origin of painting and sculpture there lies a ontollogy complex. He thinks that what makes painting inferior is the excessive struggle of the artist, with so much hands-on involvement to make the painting as close as possible to reality and photography on the other hand is so successful in re-producing reality without much intervention of man.

The artist and his genius are not present in photography like in painting.

Historiography This is what Walter Benjamin argued about photography and film. Your email address will not be published.


“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

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. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Bazin continues to explain that the desire to see reality, though it is merely an illusion created via painting, is a mental need and realism in art is caught between the aesthetic and a deception aimed at fooling the eye.

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. Realism strips bare those preconceptions which, to Bazin, we accumulate through the passage of time like dust settling on furniture. 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.

No matter how skilful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity.

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. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Distinguishing between photography and the traditional plastic arts, sculpture and painting, by positing that photography is a reproduction and not an ersatz fails; photography — as we have both come to the position — is both a replacement and a reproduction of reality.