“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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Deleuze notes there is a circularity in the above. Bazin, like the Stoic philosophers, does not see any disconnect between an impression eg. It is the Form which is real because eternal, universal, infinite, etc.

But for the Stoics there is a functional relationship between an pyotographic impression and reality, irregardless of whether we are aware of that relationship or not.

They are still magical because they still create worlds. So what chance does Bazin have of explaining it. Let me try it out. In pphotographic platonic world it is Forms formulas, ideas, classifications, structures, blueprints that are real whereas specific objects are just instances copies, reproductions, images, impressions of phofographic real.

Similarly, Bazin refers to surrealism photography as a means of awakening people from the false reality and false consciousness of photography.

He gets the difference between photographic images and other types of images. I am therefore I think Or more perversely: Fo 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. In Platos version of the world it is the relationship o things that is real whereas the things themselves are not.


No matter how skillful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity. 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.

This is not in dominant usage but it has historical currency and it is the sense in which Bazin uses the word.

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No matter how skilful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity. Bazin argues that painting shows a human touch unseen in photography. We do not need to know yet what it signifies. In each case, a sense of engrossing access to a bazjn space is generated by the impression that the camera is present to capture, rather than construct, a moment in its entirety.

If what we saw was not misleading we would not call it a mirage.

The mind of God. Sense is incorporeal not existing. The photograph is no more real than a painting or abzin but to Bazin it reproduces reality rather than creates an ersatz, or replacement, as does sculpture.

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Vazin Peter Matthews puts up a strong defence of Bazin here. The machine automaton became important in such. This objective production affected our psychology of the image. This objectivity and reality are a product of impassive mechanical reproduction. Just another Sites at Lafayette College site.

But what occurs the second time around is not the Lord who taketh away but the mother who giveth. On this issue, Bazin has been superseded by decades of critical theory and criticism that have demolished notions of an objective reality that can be represented truthfully.

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

Bazin, I think, taps into something Deleuze identifies. For example, we might say that in reality a mirage is not of water on the horizon, but something that looks photofraphic water, due to the refraction of light in very hot air. Why or why not? From tests we create an idea of reality to which the signified conforms or does not conform.


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Skip to main content. He thinks that what 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.

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Discuss the French term for the lens objectif and its relation to the photographic sensibility.

However I would agree with your statement: But in the s, photographs of dead bodies were used like Egyptian statues as substitutes for dead bodies. 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. However, it is my opinion that though, Bazin generalized mummy complex to humankind, he himself was somehow fascinated with the concept of human immortalization after death and the various ways people tried to achieve it via painting, sculpture etc.

It should be noted however that Bazin invests far too much faith in the technical process of developing film as an objective and not subjective process. The Ontology of the Photographic Image 1. South Yorkshire England View all posts by A.

Photography and film are hallucinations and un-real worlds. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. This being said, photography and cinema have freed mankind from the obsession of illusion in painting because they themselves satisfy our obsession with realism.