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"To an ever-increasing degree, the work [of art] reproduced becomes the reproduction of a work designed for reproducibility. From a photographic plate, for example, one can make any number of prints; to ask for the 'authentic' print makes no sense. But as soon as the criterion of authenticity ceases to be applied to artistic production, the whole social function of art is revolutionized."
Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility," The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility and Other Writings on Media (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2008) 24 - 25.