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In 1936 Walter Benjamins critical essay Art in the Age of Technological Reproducibility was a prescient analysis of what art would become in light of the technologically reproducible image and the change in tradition around image creation With the invention of the camera it was said that painting is dead because the significance of a painting would not remain in its changing context Prior to the camera painting was the most celebrated form of image making Because of its ability to reproduce an image realistically or create a false or fantastic image that simulated reality painting served in many ritual processes and became entrenched in the practices of tradition However the priorities of the cameras image aligned with the priorities of mans modern mode of perception and for this reason the quality of painting to maintain a singular existence was disavowed with the invention of photographyThe destruction of painting as a practice or the dethroning of tradition surrounding it is responsible for paintings transient glow of uniqueness This is Benjamins phenomenon of the aura which has only became apparent in its ruin exposed by the photographic cameraTECHNOLOGICAL REPRODUCIBILITYThe history of technological reproduction foreshadows the change imposed by the camera Benjamin describes its history as a foundation for his final thesis technological reproducibility as a medium He establishes a linear timeline that correlates manual reproduction to technical reproduction with its present terminal being the photograph In principal the work of art has always been reproducible Objects made by humans could always be copied by humans Replicas were made by pupils in practicing for their craft by masters in disseminating their works and finally by third parties in pursuit of profit But the technological reproduction of artworks is something new Benjamin 102The means of reproduction first described the practice of replication requires a one to one transfer of material and information resulting in a duality between original and replica This is problematic in relation to the distinction
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