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According to Benjamin (1936), the distinctive singularity of an original work of art, the potency of which he attributed to its authenticity, presence, uniqueness, and historical context. He argued that mechanical reproductions of artworks had none of the aura of the originals (although he saw radical potential in photography and film).


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