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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The process might reveal that at the origin of painting and sculpture there lies a mummy complex. However, if one reads the article carefully, Bazin too was not in total agreement with his statement.

Bazin argues that painting shows a human touch unseen in photography.

“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

Photography did not perfect the physical process color, etc. They construct objectivity and realism through mechanical reproduction. Benjamin refers to Dadaism as an attack on reason, logic, materialism, and nationalism through the arts.

Your email address will not be published. Photography, according to Bazin, evaporates the human touch: I disagree if he meant it in literal sense.

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And Bazin believes that this reproduction is treated, commonly, as if it is the object. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Another point of difficulty Bazin encounters is that of a causal link. Reality is transferred from the thing to the reproduction.


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

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. Caligari show this trend with certain scenes being coloured differently. The first article will be: For Bazin, the tricks of photography and film have no moral affects.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This objectivity and realism, however, are only constructions of the mechanical processes of photography. This is what Walter Benjamin argued about photography and film. Click here to sign up. Photography and cinema replicates the physically real without the barrier that one encounters when admiring a painting or sculpture.

Photography and film can make us believe things that may or may anndre be not real. It was natural, therefore, to keep up appearances in the face of the reality of death by preserving flesh and bone.

He compares lntology practice to the birth of the plastic arts. The Ontology of the Photographic Image. Fill in your details below baizn click an icon to log in: 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.


In fact, this is what Bazin seems to argue when he suggests that they are hallucinations. This objectivity and reality are a product of impassive mechanical reproduction.

Thus, by photoraphic a defence against the passage of time it satisfied a basic psychological need in man, for death is but the victory of time. Photography creates a realism that is not of this world. The Ideology of Realism: 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.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The opposite is true for Benjamin. The Ontology of the Photographic Image 1. In the race of immortalizing humanity, painting and sculpture could only create the illusion of cheating death but photographic re-production could take anndre a moment in a given time and space.

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