Walter Benjamin – The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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Walter Benjamin’s work is refreshing, in his attempt to deal with photography as a unique medium, rather than transpose the traditions of painting and sculpture onto it. The very title of the book, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, suggests the challenges and possible limitations of photography as an Art. In this first sense, it is a forward looking …

Qs week 2 – 3rd presentation – “Fields of Cultural Interest”

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Q: Which of the disciplines discussed here do you feel is most relevant to Sam Shere’s famous photograph? In the ‘fields of cultural interest’ (Roland Barthes), many apply to Shere’s image. It was an embarrassment to the pride of Nazi Germany (politics). It was a significant moment in the history of air travel (history). It impacted air traveller views of …