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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Remember me on this computer. Yhe preserve, artificially, his bodily appearance is to snatch it from the flow of time, to stow it away neatly, so to speak, in the andr of life. Because, however, pyramids and labyrinths could be pillaged, statuettes were developed as substitute mummies in ontoloby anything were to come of the real one.

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.

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. Thus, by providing a defence against the passage of time it satisfied a basic psychological need in man, for anere is but the victory of time. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

FYI — I read the biographical information in Wikepedia. With the birth of photography came the birth of photo modification and editing and films such as The Cabinet of Dr.

Jamie L. Brummitt, PhD

In fact, this is what Bazin seems to argue when he suggests that they are hallucinations. 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.


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. Photography creates a realism that thee not of this world. Photography tricks us because its mechanical nature seems objective and reproduces the model.

Benjamin refers to Dadaism as an attack on reason, logic, materialism, and nationalism through the arts. Painting and sculpture could aesthetically and emotionally capture the object but failed, in comparison with photography, to capture the physical characteristics of an object.

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

Photography and film are hallucinations and un-real worlds. In this sense, a photograph is no more real than a painting or sculpture. For Bazin, the tricks of photography and film have no moral affects. Pf first article will be: Santosh Kumar Korthiwada Instructor: 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. South Yorkshire England View all posts by A.

This site uses cookies. You are commenting using your WordPress. Maybe intology renewed this sense of magic experienced in ancient Egypt.

Click here to sign up. This objectivity and realism, however, are only constructions of the mechanical processes of photography. A photograph is ontllogy 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.

Realism strips bare those preconceptions which, to Vazin, we accumulate through the passage of time like dust settling on furniture. Do you agree or disagree?


They freed the plastic arts from their obsession with likeness. The artist and his genius are not present in photography like in painting.

The process might reveal that at the origin of painting and sculpture there lies a mummy complex. Log In Sign Up.

Why or why not? The cart refers back to the painter and his paint. This objective production affected our psychology of the image. 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. It was meant to awaken people from a false reality and a false consciousness.

The Ideology of Realism: Only the impassive lens, stripping its object of all those ways of seeing it, those piled-up preconceptions, that spiritual dust and grime with which my eyes have covered it, is able to present it in all its virginal purity to my attention and consequently to my love.

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

You are commenting using your Facebook account. However I would agree with your statement: Film takes photography to another level. Painting could not escape the subjectivity of the artists because true likeness could not be achieved through the human hand.

Similarly, Bazin baizn to surrealism photography as a means of awakening people from the false reality and false consciousness of photography. Skip to main content.