“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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Click here to sign up. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He thinks that what makes painting inferior is the excessive struggle of the artist, with so much hands-on bazjn 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.
Ontoolgy disagree if he meant it in literal sense. Film takes photography to another level. Photography presents itself as objective and real. In this sense, a photograph is no more real than a painting or sculpture.
Benjamin, however, went further in his argument that photography and film are harmful. Remember me on this computer.
Photography ranks high in the order of surrealist creativity because it produces an image that is a reality of nature, intology, an hallucination that is also a fact.
The first article will be: Bazin continues to explain umage 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.
André Bazin, “The Ontology of the Photographic Image” () – Jamie L. Brummitt, PhD
Realism strips bare those preconceptions which, to Bazin, we accumulate through the passage of time like dust settling on furniture. Photography tricks us because its mechanical nature seems objective and reproduces the model. Only the impassive lens, stripping its object of all those ways of seeing it, those piled-up preconceptions, that ontlogy 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.
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Photography, according to Bazin, evaporates the human touch: Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. 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 how we analyze it.
Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Help Center Find new research papers in: 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.
You are commenting using your WordPress. 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. Therefore to Bazin photography and Cinema, in the realist style, is a gust of wind which blows away the dust that settles on our way of seeing.
Bazin uses the French word objectif, which means the lens of a camera, and overtly, in the French text, plays on this meaning.
This is what Walter Benjamin argued about photography and film.
He states that there is a basic psychological need in man to outwit time and preserving a bodily appearance is fulfilling this desire. Your email address will not be published.
“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin
Summary In ancient Egypt the plastic arts, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies. A photograph is of a specific moment in time onology 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.
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. And Bazin believes that this reproduction is treated, commonly, as if it is the object. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Skip to main content. This objectivity and reality are a product of impassive mechanical reproduction.
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Photography and film can pbotographic us believe things that may or may not be not real. The Ideology of Realism: 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. It was meant to awaken people from a false reality and a false consciousness.