The work of Art in the mechanical reproduction, by Walter Benjamin. Added by Kathy Noble curator-Tate gallery.

Seminal treatise by cultural critic and philosopher, very much reacting against the between-the-wars political climate — as well as cultural and technological developments. Most notable for defining “aura” (specialness etc) of art; gained / lost / changed / negated / endangered etc, by photographic and mass-media etc. Other directions are looked to instead.

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