Issue: 01/2019
Author: Bastian Reichardt, Universität Leipzig

We will have a look at the ontology of the photographic image as well as the motivation for taking analogue pictures instead of digital pictures. This look will be comparative since it takes analogue and digital photography to be two different sorts of taking pictures. We will rely on an ontological claim by André Bazin—that photographs are not only representations of objects but, moreover, that photographs are the photographed object—and we will see that this thesis does not apply to digital photography when we consider some remarks by Jean Baudrillard about the illusional character of photography.

Keywords: Analogue Photography, Ontology of Film, Representation, Illusion, Philosophy

“But is a blurred concept a concept at all?” –
Is a photograph that is not sharp a picture of a person at all?
Is it even always an advantage to replace a picture that is not sharp by one that is?
Isn’t one that isn’t sharp often just what we need?

– Ludwig Wittgenstein

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