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Walter Benjamin  "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"  [notes  for Goldblatt selection] Full text available at 1. The work of art has always been reproducible: artifacts could be imitated. 1.1. Mechanical reproduction of a work of art represents something new. 1.2. Greeks knew only founding and stamping. 1.3. The woodcut allowed graphic art to be for the first time. 1.4. Engraving and etching were added later. 2. Lithography reached a new stage. It was a more direct process. 2.1. It allowed for the illustration of everyday life. 3. It was surpassed by photography. 4. Photography freed the hand: the eye looks through the lens. 4.1. The process accelerated to allow it to keep pace with speech. 4.2. Photography foreshadowed film. 5. This, plus the reproduction of sound allowed for Valery’s prediction: 5.1. “we shall allow for be supplied with visual and auditory images, which will appear and disappear at a simple movement of the hand” 5.2. All transmitted works of art could then be reproduced. 5.3. Technical reproduction also became an artistic process of its own. 5.4. We should study the repercussions of the reproduction of works of art and of the art of film on traditional art.
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