Sunday, April 17, 2016

Week 3

DESMA Week 3

            Industrialization has shaped the artistic world tremendously. Throughout the years, technology has developed and will continue to flourish. The first printing press, as mentioned in professor Vesna’s lecture videos, changed their society by creating blocks with words and letters to use as their “printer”. As years progressed, the printing press improved from the typewriter, and now to modern day printers where it is now easier to print your work from a computer.
Johannes Gutenberg's invention of the printing press

            Cameras are another factor that industrialization has been improving as well. By capturing beautiful scenery, historical monuments or places, and simply capturing everyday people, these can turn out to be magnificent photographs to capture memories. However, there can be some issues regarding printing photographs that you have taken from your camera. In his book, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” Walter Benjamin argues that taking an image of an image lacks “aura” or as he defines it, originality. Taking a picture of something lacks originality because it was already there beforehand and can be reproduced. A painting, for example, is the direct opposite as Benjamin claims. A painting is hand created and can be produced to fulfill whatever the artist tends to create themselves, which is obviously an original piece and does not strip away iconic artworks of their aesthetic authority.

The evolution of cameras


  1. I really like your reference to Benjamin Walter regarding aura of authenticity. However, I disagree with him that a photograph lacks originality. I believe that a photograph does have rarity value. The world is continuously changing, however, that does not mean that people remember the moment a photograph captures. The photographs looks identical to the moment being captured, therefore they do have rarity value regardless of being reproducible.

  2. I agree with your point about any photo taken lacking originality, as anyone could go to the same location to reproduce the same shot you made. At the same time, however, I don't think anyone realizes a photo's aura of authenticity until later when the location of the photo is altered due to nature or humans interfering with the scene.