“To an ever greater degree the work of art reproduced becomes the work of art designed for reproducibility. From a photographic negative, for example, one can make any number of prints; to ask for the 'authentic' print makes no sense. But the instant the criterion of authenticity ceases to be applicable to artistic production, the total function of art is reversed. Instead of being based on ritual, it begins to be based on another practice-politics.”
Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
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Publication information: Book title: Hiding in the Light: On Images and Things. Contributors: Dick Hebdige - Author. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 45.
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