The Aura

“What is aura? A strange web of time and space: the unique appearance of a distance, however close at hand. On a summer noon, resting, to follow the line of a mountain range on the horizon or a twig which throws its shadow on the observer, until the moment or hour begins to be a part of its appearance — that is to breathe the aura of those mountains, that twig. Now to bring things themselves closer—and closer to the masses— is as passionate a contemporary trend as is the conquest of unique things in every situations by their reproduction.”

Walter Benjamin’s “Short Introduction to Photography” | Page 209

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