“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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Back to Bazin Part 1: The Ontology of the Photographic Image

A comprehension takes place in relation to a given image and one may or may not project that comprehension as the cause of the image. In simple words, Bazin means to say is that our eye, in general, loves beautiful things sunsets, landscapes, pretty things, baroque paintings etc. The arts no longer care about survival after death. Bazin, I think, taps into something Deleuze identifies. Back to Bazin Part II: The dog peeing on the tree represents the idea of such.

In Platos version of the world it is the relationship between things that is real whereas the things themselves are not. It was natural, therefore, to keep up appearances in the face of the reality of death by preserving flesh and bone.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Every image is now to be seen as an object, and every object as an image.

It was meant to awaken people from a false reality and a false consciousness. Log In Sign Up. However, if one reads the article carefully, Bazin too was not in total agreement with his statement.


“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

Why or why not? The mind of God. But in a reversal of Platonism, Deleuze, following the Stoics, moves Ideas relation 3 out of the domain of causes fundamentalsand into this domain of effects relation 4.

Historiography This is what Walter Benjamin argued about photography and film. Email required Address never made public. In my answer to Question 2, I had mentioned that Bazin was a contemporary to Diane Arbus and though he was born 5 years before Diane, he died of leukemia at an young age of 40 years and seven months.

Photography, ontllogy to Bazin, evaporates the human touch: Skip to main content. The new conception of the aesthetic is tied now with giving expression of the world “both concretely and its essence.

Another point of difficulty Bazin encounters is that of a causal link. Well, there are different senses of reality. The instances themselves are not real. Fill in your details imaage or click an icon to log in: But how do we know a mirage is a mirage?

I have been pondering the same issues over the last year because my original work during my MA and PHD studies was about Documentary film and although flawed I still love Bazin.

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I may be defeating my own purpose here. We could I suppose say that we treat photographs as if their production were automatic.

The Ideology of Realism: Ohtology 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. Is it formulas or things? In achieving the aims of baroque art, photography has freed the plastic arts from their obsession with likeness. For example, if we photograhic a shimmering on the horizon then this shimmering is an image.


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Film takes photography to another level. So what chance does Bazin have of explaining it. Photography and cinema replicates the physically real without the barrier that one encounters when admiring a painting or sculpture.

Again, the essential factor in the transition from the baroque to photography is not the perfecting of a physical process photography will photograpbic remain the inferior of painting in the reproduction of colour ; rather does it lie baxin a psychological fact, to wit, in completely satisfying our appetite for illusion by a mechanical reproduction in the making of which man plays no part. I will discuss this more below. Realism strips bare those preconceptions which, to Bazin, we accumulate through the passage of time like dust settling on furniture.

I am not sure this will capture whatever insight Bazin had here.

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Why do I think so? You are commenting using your Twitter account. Benjamin, however, went further in his argument that photography and film are harmful. Photography has freed the plastic arts from their obsession with likeness.