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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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. Distinguishing between photography and the traditional plastic arts, sculpture and painting, by positing that photography is a reproduction and not an ersatz fails; photography — as we have both come to the position — is both a replacement and a reproduction of reality.

Photography and cinema replicates the physically real without the barrier that one encounters when admiring a painting or sculpture. 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.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. In simple words, Bazin means to say is that our eye, in general, loves beautiful things sunsets, andrs, pretty things, baroque paintings etc.

You are commenting using your WordPress. This objectivity and realism, however, are only constructions of the mechanical processes of photography. However I believe that this point is too harsh. 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.


Your email address will not be published. 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.

This objective production affected our psychology of the image. Why do I think so? 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.

Film takes photography to another level. Summary Andrr ancient Egypt the plastic arts, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies. 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 presents itself as objective and real. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

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. Another point of difficulty Bazin encounters is that of a causal link. Photography and film are hallucinations and un-real worlds. 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.

He states that there is a basic psychological need in man to outwit time and preserving a bodily appearance is fulfilling this desire. With the birth of photography came the birth of photo modification and editing and films such as The Cabinet of Dr. According to Bazin, today no one recognizes the ontological link between the body and a representation: 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.


But in the s, photographs of dead bodies were used like Egyptian statues as substitutes for dead bodies.

Andre Bazin is undoubtedly a famous figure in film criticism and film theory. They both create realities in their re-presentations. No matter how skilful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity. For Bazin, the tricks of photography and ikage have no moral affects. Painting and sculpture could aesthetically and emotionally capture the object but failed, in comparison with photography, to capture the physical characteristics of an object.

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“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

Maybe photography renewed this sense of magic experienced in ancient Egypt. The opposite is true for Benjamin. Bazin may have argued, however, that the counter-position — that photography is not objective — incorrectly translates his proper position. Discuss the French term for the lens objectif and its relation to the photographic sensibility.

Historiography This is what Walter Benjamin argued about photography and film. A photograph is of 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 phototraphic than a photograph.