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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It is not the world. Just another Sites at Lafayette College site. Deleuze notes there is a circularity in the above.

Historiography This is what Walter Benjamin argued about photography and film. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Bazin also believes that, because of the technical and scientific method of photography, the aesthetic experience derived is much more in-line with personal perception.

To Bazin photography makes us see the world anew. The process might reveal that at the origin of painting and sculpture there lies a mummy complex.

Thus, by providing a defense against the passage of time it satisfied a basic psychological need in man, for death is but the victory of time.

Both prefer the Real. When these theories are put into practice, as you suggest, they have to flex to take account of all the variations and modes to which filmmakers can apply the apparatus.

Bazin certainly leverages that formula and it is a common understanding or misunderstandingthat the photographic image is an image of that which is understood to have caused the image.

Summary In ancient Egypt the plastic arts, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies. Bazin may have argued, however, that the counter-position — that photography bazzin not objective — incorrectly translates his proper position. Photography does provide more realism.


According to Bazin, today no one recognizes the ontological link between the body and a representation: A comprehension takes place in relation to a given image and one may or may not project that comprehension as the cause of the image.

No matter how skilful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity. It was natural, therefore, to keep up appearances in the face of the reality of death by preserving flesh and bone. Film takes photography to another level. Pbotographic to main content. But how do we know a mirage is a mirage?

We do not need to teh yet what it signifies.

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

The idea no longer exists. She gives her child to God. We learn this from them, or we learn it ourselves, through investigation. Remember me on this computer. Photography, according to Bazin, evaporates the human touch: I am therefore I think Or more perversely: If what we saw was not misleading we would not call it a mirage.

What is an image, on the other bazon is the Imaginary. Email required Address never made public. Click here to sign up.

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Santosh Kumar Korthiwada Instructor: The universe starting from scratch again. Caligari show this trend with certain scenes being coloured differently. Photography did not perfect the physical process color, etc. 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.


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

No matter how skillful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity. This objectivity and reality are a product of impassive mechanical reproduction. Now interestingly enough, what is signified by a mirage, is actually water. In Platos version of the world it is the relationship between things that is real whereas the things themselves are not.

The first three components of the proposition, which are in relation to a proposition, are: In this ontoloy, a photograph is no more real than a painting or sculpture. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! South Yorkshire England View all posts by A. However the mechanical process of photography was produced by thw human hand and could fo seen as an extension of the human touch — the human touch made mechanical. But what occurs the second time around is not the Lord who taketh away but the mother who giveth.

The first article will be:. Back to Bazin Part II: Rather, it is in what the image signifies that is at issue: But in the s, photographs of dead bodies were used like Egyptian statues as substitutes for dead bodies.