Andy Warhol
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Andy Warhol

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When Walter Benjamin, in his seminal 1936 essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction", remarked that "to an ever greater degree the work of art designed for reproducibility," he could not have foreseen that within the next several months the photobooth would make its ubiquitous appearance - an apparatus that would mechanically reproduce life by sidestepping such "reproducibility" altogether.


The image that resulted from the photobooth was a vertical photostrip of 4 black & white frames, that for a mere 25 - cents (a "quarter") would give you an "original" without a negative. This, in itself, didn't make it "art," (but its "instant" technology did make it unique for many years after.) Benjamin further suggests in his essay that "the instant the criterion of authenticity [the "original"] ceases to be applicable to artistic production, the total function of art is reversed." What was meant as an apparatus in the service of art now becomes a function for documenting a moment in one's personal life.


Text Source: Extract from The "Holy Grail" of photobooth pictures by Gerard Malanga, Christie's London Property from an Important Private Collection, Thursday 27 June 2002


Further Reading: Archiving Warhol: Writings & Photographs by Gerard Malanga


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