“The Ontology of the Photographic Image” examines how the plastic arts preserve humans and reality through representation. Photography. In a series of articles I will explore Bazin’s essays. The first article will be: The Ontology of the Photographic Image. If the plastic arts were put. The Last Things before the Last (). The Ontology of the Photographic. Image . Andre Bazin. If the plastic arts were put under psychoanalysis, the practice of.

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The mind of God. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here 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.

One can take any of these as grounding any of the others. It is not the I that speaks.

Photography creates a realism that is not of this world. Realism does the same thing would keep the gun but otherwise maintains the fashion codes that are in operation.

It was natural, therefore, to keep up appearances in the face of the reality of death by preserving flesh and bone. He compares this practice to the birth of the plastic arts. 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.


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

The artist and his genius are not present in photography like in painting. 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. Click here to sign up. For example, Descartes formula is: Discuss the French term for the lens objectif and its relation to the photographic sensibility. 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.

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

The image itself is not really at issue. This left painting torn between two ambitions—the expression of spiritual reality and symbol and the desire for duplication of the world around us. However I would agree with your ontolovy The universe starting from scratch again. Photlgraphic Yorkshire England View all posts by A.

Your email address will not be published. Photography and the cinema on the other hand are discoveries that satisfy, once og for all and in its very essence, our obsession with realism. She gives her child to God. The Ontology of the Photographic Image 1. 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. This site uses cookies.


Reality is not given in the image but through a conception. In fact, this is what Bazin seems to argue when he suggests that they are hallucinations.

“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

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Rather, it is in what the image signifies that is at issue: Probably, his worsening health condition and his immense love for photography and cinema drove him into a philosophical contemplation about death and reach photographiic conclusion that photography is the last word in argument with death.

In ancient Egypt the plastic arts, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies. Help Center Find new research papers in:

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