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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Your email address will not be published. The opposite is true for Benjamin. Similarly, Bazin refers to surrealism photography as a means of awakening people from the false reality and photogtaphic consciousness of photography. Skip to main content.

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

A photograph is of a specific moment in time and a specific place, while art can be of any phoyographic in any place which is why Bazin argues that a painting is more eternal photogarphic a photograph. 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. The Ideology of Realism: Photography and cinema replicates the physically real without the barrier that one encounters when admiring a painting or sculpture.

This objectivity and reality are a product of impassive mechanical reproduction. In the fifteenth century, Western painting turned from ontolgoy 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.


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. 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: 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.

This left painting torn between two ambitions—the expression of spiritual reality and symbol and the desire for duplication of the world around us. What Bazin means here is that the reality is automatically captured by the mechanical object called a lens and the man photographer is absent from the entire process of re-producing the reality photograph.

Email required Address never made public. Maybe photography renewed this sense of magic experienced in ancient Egypt. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: However I believe that this point is too harsh. I disagree if he meant it in literal sense. The object becomes photograph and photograph becomes the object.

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

They freed the plastic arts from their obsession with likeness. This objectivity and realism, however, imahe only constructions of the mechanical processes of photography. No matter how skilful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity.


If also believes that, because of the technical and scientific method of photography, the aesthetic experience derived is much more in-line with personal perception. Andre Bazin is undoubtedly a famous figure in film criticism and film theory.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Andree, however, pyramids and labyrinths could be pillaged, statuettes were developed as substitute mummies in case anything were to come of the real one. FYI — I read the biographical information in Wikepedia. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The arts no longer care about survival after death.

Click here to sign up. He states that there is a basic psychological need in man to outwit time and preserving a bodily appearance is fulfilling this desire. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. However I would agree with your ontlogy Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.