Notes

29. Benjamin 2006, p. 58. It is tempting to think the political events separating these two texts changed Benjamin's ideas, and allowed him to write in the 1936 essay that “Im flüchtigen Ausdruck eines Menschengesichts winkt aus den frühen Photographien die Aura zum letzten Mal” (Benjamin 2003:21) (“For the last time the aura emanates from the early photographs in the fleeting expression of a human face” (Benjamin 2007:226)), the aura being henceforth concealed under the photograph's “Ausstellungswert” (exhibition value) – the elusive distance of the aura denied in an obscene kind of total visibility.