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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Notify me of new comments via email. Similarly, Bazin refers to surrealism photography as a means of awakening people from the false reality and false consciousness of photography. Maybe photography renewed this sense of magic experienced in ancient Egypt.

It does not give the viewer a window into an extant, continuous reality, but instead offers a limited perspective, around which meanings and inferences will be generated by viewers with varying frames of reference and intertextual knowledge bases. 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.

University of California Press Ltd,pp. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Not even quantum physicists have worked out how to explain the existence of a photographic image.

The process might reveal that at the origin of painting and sculpture there lies a mummy complex. That residual belief in an inherent difference between, for instance, live action footage and computer-generated characters might be a holdover from Bazinian ideas of the fundamentally objective ontology of the photographic image.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I otnology Bazin, even if he accepted that film is often modified, would argue that the best cinema would attempt to capture reality as it is. South Yorkshire England View all posts by A. This left painting torn between two ambitions—the expression of spiritual reality and symbol and the desire for ontllogy of the world around us.


Jamie L. Brummitt, PhD

Or indeed, whether this should be an issue. I am therefore I think Or more perversely: 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.

The arts no longer care about survival tge death. The photographiv refers back to the painter and his paint. But he knows there is something there. The mind of God. From statues, palaces, portraits to thr influential men have commissioned and produced art to represent themselves and the world they live in. 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.

Summary In ancient Egypt the plastic arts, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies. What is an image, on the other hand is the Imaginary.

I think therefore I am I manifest think denotation therefore signification I manifest am denotation One could just as easily propose: This is what Walter Benjamin argued about photography and film. Is it formulas or things? He is that great advocate of the photographic image. It is an impression of what the artists thought that such a thing would look like.

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

If the plastic arts were put under psychoanalysis, the practice of embalming the dead might turn out to be a fundamental factor in their creation. What Bazin means here is that the reality is automatically captured by the mechanical object called a lens and yhe man photographer is absent from the entire process of re-producing the reality photograph. Santosh Kumar Korthiwada Instructor: It is, of course, knowledge and context. It forms this link by having a direct, indexical relationship between image and referent.


Reblogged this on panyingfei. Realism does the same thing would keep the gun but otherwise maintains the fashion codes that are in operation.

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A photograph is of a specific moment in time and a specific place, while art can be of any moment in any place which is why Bazin argues that a painting is more eternal than a photograph.

In each case, a sense of ontologyy access to a continuous space is generated by the impression that the camera is present to capture, rather than inage, a moment in its entirety. Deleuze notes there is a circularity in the above. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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.

No matter how skillful the painter, his work was always in fee to an inescapable subjectivity. Photography otology film are hallucinations and un-real worlds. This objectivity and realism, however, are only constructions of the mechanical processes of photography.

They both create realities in their re-presentations.

Click here to sign up. Email required Address never made public. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This objectivity and reality are a product of impassive mechanical reproduction. On this issue, Bazin has been superseded by decades of critical theory and criticism that have demolished notions of an objective reality that can be represented truthfully. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

The experience is the image.