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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Distinguishing between photography and the traditional plastic arts, photogrwphic 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 reality. 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.

Click here to sign up. Bazin uses the French word objectif, which means the lens of a camera, and overtly, in the French text, plays on this meaning. Why or why not? No matter how skilful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity.

Photography and film are hallucinations and un-real worlds.

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The Ideology of Realism: But in the s, photographs of dead bodies were used like Egyptian statues as substitutes for dead bodies. It was natural, therefore, to keep up appearances in the face of the reality of death by preserving flesh and bone. 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 did not go into much detail in the argument is about his personal opinion about this topic.


Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. For Bazin, the tricks of photography and film have no moral affects. Notify me of new comments via email. They lose their aura originality, subjectivity, production history and trick the masses into believing that a constructed reality is reality.

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.

This objective production affected our psychology of the image. Bazin bbazin 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.

They are still magical because they still create worlds. In ancient Egypt the plastic arts, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies.

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

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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 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. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Similarly, Bazin refers to surrealism photography as a means of awakening people from the false reality and false consciousness of photography.


To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: According to Bazin, today no one recognizes the ontological link between the body and a representation: Photography creates a realism that is not of this world. The process might reveal that at the origin of painting and sculpture there lies a mummy complex. You are commenting using your Twitter account. In the fifteenth century, Western painting turned from a 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.

Andre Bazin is undoubtedly a famous figure in film criticism and film theory. Bazin argues that painting shows a human touch unseen in photography. Reality is transferred from the thing to the reproduction. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Summary In ancient Egypt the plastic arts, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies.