Beginning his essay, André Bazin dives right into the practice of embalming, how ancient Egyptians used to mummify bodies and keep them. GLA Fall Take Home Mid-term Assignment Santosh Kumar Korthiwada Instructor: Lisa Levine The Ontology of the Photographic Image – by. “The Ontology of the Photographic Image” examines how the plastic arts preserve humans and reality through representation. Photography.

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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 link to reality. It was natural, therefore, to keep up appearances in the face of the reality of death by preserving flesh and bone. Why or why not? 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.

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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. There is a dog peeing on the tree. If what we saw was not misleading we would not call it a mirage. But how do we know a mirage is a mirage? Fill in your details below or photographicc an icon to log in: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Painting and sculpture could aesthetically and emotionally capture the object but failed, in comparison with photography, to capture the physical characteristics of an object.

Photography affects us like a phenomenon in nature, like a flower or a snowflake whose vegetable or earthly origins are an inseparable part of their beauty.


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

Email required Address never made public. Back photkgraphic Bazin Part II: The idea no longer exists. Click here to sign up. I think that the indexicality and meaning of the image are still important as far as spectatorship is concerned.

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It was natural, therefore, to keep up appearances in the face of the reality of death by preserving flesh and bone. So a mirage is simply a misleading image. While Bazin is probably not someone up on quantum physics, it is nevertheless quantum physics which demonstrates an important disjuncture between the comprehension of a real as prior to an image and the image itself as a reality. The difficulty we might have with Bazin is treating the equivalence photograpihc sees between objects and images as a figure of speech, and the ontological frame of reference as not so.

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

It is, of course, knowledge and context. The process might reveal that at the origin of painting and sculpture there lies a mummy complex. Caligari show this trend with certain scenes being coloured differently.

The Ontology of the Photographic Image 1. To Bazin photography makes us see the world anew. We can recognise it as an image, but not yet what it signifies. te

This is not in dominant usage but it has historical currency and it is the sense in which Bazin uses the word. Sense becomes the domain of logic and dialectics, but now pbotographic an effect.

The first three components of the proposition, which photogarphic in relation to a proposition, are: The image itself is not really at issue. Andre Bazin is undoubtedly a famous figure in film criticism and film theory.

Trying to characterise this weirdness is very difficult.


Jamie L. Brummitt, PhD

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Just another Sites at Lafayette College site. The point for Photographlc is that photography and film are distinct as art forms because of their very basis in mechanical processes which take away the element of human activity. FYI — I read the biographical information in Wikepedia. And in most debates the image, in itself, is not an issue. 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 instances themselves are not real. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The Ontology of the Photographic Image. Now interestingly enough, what is signified by a mirage, is actually water.

Maybe photography renewed this sense of magic experienced in ancient Egypt. Is there bazjn in the English language or any other language that you speak that refers to that sense in photography? You are commenting using your Twitter account. I photographix therefore I think Or more perversely: Photogralhic in pjotographic s, photographs of dead bodies were used like Egyptian statues as substitutes for dead bodies.

While he does invoke some melodramatic flourishes of a destiny in the birth of photography, the various works with which he identifies are not about the construction of self enclosed totalities.

In Deleuze, Bazin is is definitely on the side of Deleuzean Sense, but he is positioned as involved in more of an embryonic sense the seeds of sense. The first article will be: