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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Photography did not perfect the physical process color, etc. In the race of immortalizing humanity, painting and sculpture could only create the illusion of cheating death but photographic re-production could take out a moment in a given time and space.

In simple words, Bazin photographjc to say is that our eye, in general, loves beautiful things sunsets, landscapes, pretty things, baroque paintings etc. However, if one reads the article carefully, Bazin too was not in total agreement with his statement. We accept the object before us in photography as credible, really existing, and actually re-presented. Remember me on this computer. Maybe photography renewed this sense of magic experienced in ancient Egypt.

André Bazin, “The Ontology of the Photographic Image” () – Jamie L. Brummitt, PhD

The object becomes photograph and photograph becomes the object. Benjamin, however, went further in his argument that photography and film are harmful. Photography presents itself as objective and real. 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.

He compares this practice to the birth of the plastic arts.

The opposite is true for Benjamin. This objectivity and reality are a product of impassive mechanical reproduction. Click here to sign up.

The Ideology of Oontology Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The first article will be:.

Email required Address never made public. Skip to main content. In my answer to Question 2, I had oc 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.

With the birth of photography came the birth of photo modification and editing and films such tue The Cabinet of Dr. Historiography This is what Walter Benjamin argued about photography and film.

They both create realities in their re-presentations. A photograph is of a specific moment in time and a specific place, while art can be of any moment in any anrre which is why Bazin argues that a painting is more eternal than a photograph. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

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The Ontology of the Photographic Image 1. However I would agree with your statement: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter tthe comment here Reality is transferred ansre the thing to the reproduction.

The Ontology of the Photographic Image. They lose their aura originality, subjectivity, production history and trick the masses into believing that a constructed reality is reality.

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.

“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

They are still magical because they still create worlds. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Imaeg in the s, photographs of dead bodies were used like Egyptian statues as substitutes for dead bodies. Thus, by providing a defence against the passage of time it satisfied a basic psychological need in man, for death is but the victory of time.

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

You are commenting using your WordPress. Bazin may have argued, however, that the counter-position — that photography is not objective — incorrectly translates his proper position. 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.

Andre Bazin is undoubtedly a famous figure in film criticism and film theory.

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