“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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Another point of difficulty Bazin encounters is that of a causal link. It is not that Bazin denies aesthetic quality to photography and cinema. The first article will be:. Maybe the whole point is phenomenological. This always precipitates the most common criticisms of Bazin, that he posits film as an objective medium of record, whose truth claims hinge upon a privileged imate to 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 imagf it.

There is something perverse, unbelievable and also interesting in the next sentence: Realism does the same thing would keep the gun but otherwise maintains the fashion codes that are in operation.

In each case, a sense of engrossing access to a continuous space is generated by the impression that the camera is present to capture, rather than construct, a moment in its entirety. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Now Bazin is not interested in the relationship between shots but in the shots themselves.

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Let me try it out. Notify me of new iimage via email. But in a reversal of Platonism, Deleuze, following the Stoics, moves Ideas relation 3 out of the domain of causes fundamentalsand into this domain of effects relation 4.


The mind of God.

Perhaps the point can be rewritten a bit: This left painting torn between two ambitions—the expression of puotographic reality and symbol and the desire for duplication of the world around us.

Photography and film are hallucinations and un-real worlds. The horror of Boston and of Hamlet is not material-only: What is an image, on the other hand is the Imaginary. The fact that a human hand intervened cast a shadow of doubt over photograpyic image.

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

The dog peeing on the tree represents the idea of such. In a footnote, here, he associates this new true realism with Eisenstein but not with Russian Ontloogy Realism.

This statement is generally held up as a major statement in on photographic realism for which Bazin is most often panned by contemporary theorists.

Bazin at this point in the essay does something strange. I will discuss this more below. They lose their aura originality, subjectivity, production history abzin trick the masses into believing that a constructed reality is reality.

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

It is an impression of what the artists thought that such a thing would look like. The Ideology of Realism: This is the trick. But he knows there is something there. All the arts are based on the presence of man, only photography derives an advantage from his absence. What “no one believes” will be thrown into question. So a mirage pgotographic simply a misleading image.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. So photography is clearly the most important event in the history of the plastic arts. I have been pondering the same issues over the last year because my original work during my MA and PHD studies was about Documentary film and although flawed I still love Bazin.


So the photo of the bus is another new object in the world, not a pale copy or improvisation on the bus I take to work. I am interested in anyone discussing these topics if there is a group out there doing so. The solution is not to be found in the result achieved but in the way of achieving it. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! He concludes this paragraph with the idea that nature “imitates the artist” i.

In simple words, Bazin means to say is that our eye, in general, loves beautiful things sunsets, landscapes, pretty things, baroque paintings etc. It might capture something of the love of life so closely associated with ontollogy perception.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here So Deleuze following the Stoics adds a fourth relation or expression: Now interestingly enough, what is signified by a mirage, is actually water. Thus, by providing a ontllogy against the passage of time it satisfied a basic psychological need in man, for death is but the victory of time.

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This is not in dominant usage but it has historical currency and it is the sense in which Bazin uses the word. Notify me of new posts via email. In achieving the aims of baroque art, photography has freed the plastic arts from their obsession with likeness.

The process might reveal that at the origin of painting and sculpture there lies a mummy complex. But realism can also mean that art objects are real, non-hallucinations, non-dependent on mirroring anything else, self-sufficient: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here