Representing the Rose 8

And this brings us to another kind of representation. Making copies of a famous painting suggests that there is an original, and copies somehow diminish the original.

what about art forms where the existence of an original is much more questionable. Is there an original of a film, for instance? There are lots of copies, that get distributed.

What if Ted Turner wants to colourize one of those copies, or transfer the film to digital format and do all sorts of things to it. Has he diminished the original in doing so? And why doesn't anyone transform colour movies into black and white?

Or how about digital art, say on the Web? One might argue that there is a "master copy" of a film, but that is harder to do on the web.

Or, how about a photograph? "Copies" can be made. Are these later "copies" somehow further away from the "real" photo?