Sturken And Cartwright Analysis

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In this chapter of Sturken and Cartwright, the rights to reproduce and copy an image or painting, and the ideas behind why works of art are reproduced in the first place are intensely studied. Certain technological advancements, like film and photography, have deep impacts on all aspects of society. They possess the power to control and dominate society with ideas on what it means to be human and what it means to be authentic. Society is structured by what the majority deems is important. Keeping this idea in mind, it is evident that the invention and popularization of film and photography is a goldmine for spreading information, to people of all ages, genders, races, social classes and demographic backgrounds in all aspects of society. With…show more content…
Technology comes in an infinite amount of forms, being used by virtually anyone who lives on this Earth and is a contributing member of society. In the modern world, art can be easily recreated, reproduced and redistributed. By definition, to be authentic means to be one of a kind, or an original. With the ability to reproduce any work of art, whether it be a painting or a photograph, it is hard to discern whether something is original or not. But where do we draw the line between an original work of art and a reproduction of an original work of art? Isn’t the reproduction in its own way, an original in some cases? If an original picture is reproduced and shown in books or on postcards in its exact original form then it is a reproduction. But what if an original photograph is altered? For example, if I took an original photograph and edited its colors, contrast, and sharpness, then the photograph has become detached from its original meaning and has become something different. Different meanings can be submerged into the photo, and isn’t then the photograph an original based on another original? Does the authenticity of the remake hold the same authenticity as the original

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