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: And Bazin believes that this reproduction is treated, commonly, as if it is the object.

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

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 ontologyy we analyze it.

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.


He states that there is a basic psychological need in man to outwit time and preserving a bodily appearance is fulfilling this desire. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! 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.

“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

In the fifteenth century, Western painting turned from a concern with 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. According to Bazin, today no one recognizes the ontological link between the body and a representation: You are commenting using your Twitter account.

To Bazin photography makes us see the world anew. Log In Sign Up. Benjamin refers to Dadaism as an attack on reason, logic, materialism, and nationalism through the arts. What Bazin did not go into much detail in the argument is about his personal opinion about this topic.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Similarly, Bazin refers to surrealism photography as a means of awakening people from the false reality and false consciousness of photography. He compares this practice to the birth of the plastic arts.

Photography and film can make us believe things adre may or may not be not real. Caligari show this trend with certain scenes being coloured differently. This left painting torn between two ambitions—the expression of spiritual reality and symbol and the desire for duplication of the world around us.


They freed the plastic arts from their obsession with likeness. Photography and cinema are plastic realisms. The first article will be:.

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

They construct objectivity and realism through mechanical reproduction. Bazin argues that painting shows a human touch unseen in photography.

From statues, palaces, portraits to tombs influential men have commissioned and produced art to represent themselves and the world they live in. I disagree if he meant it in literal sense. South Yorkshire England View all posts by A. Summary In ancient Egypt the plastic arts, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies.

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Maybe photography renewed this sense of magic experienced in ancient Egypt. Your email address will not be published.

For Bazin, the tricks of photography and film have no moral affects.