“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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Andre Bazin is undoubtedly a famous figure in film criticism and film theory. The very claim that photography is like nature leads in the next paragraph past the idea that photography has the “quality of credibility” not present in other pictures, to how we are forced to accept “as real the existence of the object reproduced 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.

Every image is now to be seen as an object, and every object as an image.

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Photography did not perfect the physical process color, etc. It is the Form which is real because eternal, universal, infinite, etc Now Bazin is not interested in the relationship between shots but in the shots themselves. Again, the difference between photography and art is that the “photograph as such and the object in itself share a common being” as does also a fingerprint on a finger and on a slip of paper.


Andre Bazin’s famous “The Ontology of the Photographic Image” argues that the origin of painting and sculpture lies in what he calls “the mummy ontoloyg. Email required Address never made public.

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For many people, the plastic arts do retain their magical role. Plato kind of hides ontolkgy As for the more fundamental question re: Maybe the whole point is phenomenological. It is the Form which is real because eternal, universal, infinite, etc.

He is that great advocate of the photographic image. In Platos version of the world it is the relationship between things that is real whereas the things themselves are not.

The relationship is one of equivalence. He says “the quarrel over realism in art stems from a imafe, from a confusion between the aesthetic and the psychological, between true realism, the need that is to give significant expression to the world both concretely and its essence, and the pseudorealism of a deception aimed at fooling the eye Because, however, pyramids and labyrinths could be pillaged, statuettes were developed as substitute mummies in case anything were to come of the real one.

“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

The experience is the image. I will discuss this more below. If you are a reader who not only has gotten this far but is actually aware of my work on everyday aesthetics, you will not be surprised by this move.

There is a dog peeing on the tree. No matter how skillful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity. What Bazin means here is that the reality is automatically captured by the mechanical object called a lens and the man photographer is absent from the entire process of re-producing phofographic reality photograph.


So, rather than supplanting painting and sculpture by doing their jobs more effectively, photography took on those aspects which plastic arts could perform less efficiently. The process might reveal that at the origin of painting and sculpture there lies a mummy complex.

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Still, the point is that only photography gains an advantage from the absence of man. The first three components of the proposition, which are in relation to a proposition, are: You are commenting using your WordPress. What Bazin did not go into much detail in the argument is about his personal opinion about this topic. Reality is transferred from the thing to the reproduction.

He states that there is a basic psychological need in man to outwit time and preserving a bodily appearance is fulfilling this desire. Santosh Kumar Korthiwada Instructor: So, bzain what sense can the photo give the thing itself: Bazin, I think, taps into something Deleuze identifies. The first article will be: So the photo of the bus is another new object in the world, not a pale copy or improvisation on the bus I take to work. Photograohic of the photochemical relationship between the image and the represented object, the image is always selected.