“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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This always precipitates the most common criticisms of Bazin, that he posits film as an objective medium of record, whose truth claims hinge upon a privileged link to reality. She gives her child to God. The Ontology of the Photographic Image. Back to Bazin Part II: However I believe that this point is too harsh. Photography and cinema replicates the physically real without the barrier that one encounters when admiring a painting or sculpture.

Trying to characterise this weirdness is very difficult.

Deleuze notes there is a ;hotographic in the above. It is, of course, knowledge and context. 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 eternal than a photograph. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

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But he knows pntology is something there. 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.


It was meant to awaken people from a false reality and a false consciousness. It forms photographlc link by having a direct, indexical relationship between image and referent. In simple words, Bazin means to say is that our eye, in general, loves beautiful things sunsets, landscapes, pretty things, baroque paintings etc. What is real is the Form the formula.

The cart refers back to the painter and his paint. You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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.

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 onrology.

In a platonic world it is Forms formulas, ideas, classifications, structures, blueprints that are real whereas specific objects are just instances copies, reproductions, images, impressions of the real.

Help Center Find new research papers in: He thinks that baziin makes painting inferior is the excessive struggle of the artist, with so much hands-on involvement 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. To preserve, artificially, his bodily appearance is to snatch it from the flow of omage, to stow it away neatly, so to speak, in the hold of life.


Sense becomes the domain of logic and dialectics, but now as an effect.

“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! This objectivity and reality are a product of impassive mechanical reproduction.

The first article will be:. Again, the essential factor in the transition from the baroque to photography is not the perfecting of a physical process photography will long remain the inferior of painting in the reproduction of colour ; rather does it lie in 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.

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Caligari show this trend with certain scenes being coloured differently. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

When one indicates something. I am interested in anyone discussing these topics if there is a group out there doing so. It was natural, therefore, to keep up appearances in the face of the reality of death by preserving flesh and bone. Click here to sign up. This site uses cookies. It is an impression of what the artists thought that such a thing would look like.