“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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It is not the world. And Bazin believes that this reproduction is treated, commonly, as if it is the object. But in a reversal of Platonism, Deleuze, following the Stoics, moves Ideas relation 3 out of the domain of causes fundamentalsonotlogy into this domain of effects relation 4.

So, rather than supplanting painting and sculpture by doing their jobs more effectively, photography took on those aspects which plastic arts could perform less efficiently. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The first three components of the proposition, which are in relation to a proposition, are: The Ontology of the Photographic Image 1.

However I would agree with bszin statement: Painting was forced, as it turned out, to offer us illusion and this illusion was reckoned sufficient unto art. We might even gain some further insight into Plato’s rejection of the imitative arts here.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Thus, by providing a defence against the passage of time it satisfied a basic psychological need in man, for death is but the victory of time. Photography and cinema replicates the physically real without the barrier that one encounters when admiring a painting or sculpture.


The gun in the bushes of Blow Up, represents the unconsciousness of an otherwise conscious fashion photograph. 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. So, in what sense can the photo give the thing itself: Why or why not? The photograph of my grandmother shows her always young.

In achieving the aims of baroque art, phoographic has freed ontoology plastic arts from their obsession with likeness. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. So a mirage is simply a misleading image.

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Blog Statshits. This is what Walter Benjamin argued about photography and film.

Help Center Find new research papers in: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here However, if one reads the article carefully, Bazin too was not in total agreement with his statement. The imitation provides us with one atemporal ideal, Plato provides another one, one which is more like mathematics. It is the Form which is real because eternal, universal, infinite, etc. 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.


It is onhology camera that “separates off the complex fabric of the objective world. Links Peter Matthews puts up a strong defence of Bazin here.

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It might capture something of the love of life so closely associated with attentive perception. There seems to be a conflict between two ideals. Notify me of new comments via email. Summary In ancient Egypt the plastic arts, like statuary, were substitutes for dead bodies. He gets the difference between photographic images and other types of images.

But this is all set-up for the interesting and controversial close of the essay. Photography can even surpass art in creative power. The process might reveal that at the origin of painting and sculpture there lies a mummy complex.

“Ontology of the Photographic Image” by André Bazin

For the first time an image of the world is formed automatically, without the creative intervention of man. And yet the figures in baroque onhology never actually move: It is not the I that speaks. What is at stake in both camps is not necessarily which is preferable: We do not need to know yet what it signifies. Photography has freed the plastic arts from their obsession with likeness.