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Pictures of the past : Benjamin and Barthes on photography. / Dant, Tim; Gilloch, Graeme.

In: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1, 02.2002, p. 5-25.

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Dant, T & Gilloch, G 2002, 'Pictures of the past : Benjamin and Barthes on photography.' European Journal of Cultural Studies, vol 5, no. 1, pp. 5-25. DOI: 10.1177/1364942002005001153

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Dant T, Gilloch G. Pictures of the past : Benjamin and Barthes on photography. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 2002 Feb;5(1):5-25. Available from, DOI: 10.1177/1364942002005001153

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Dant, Tim; Gilloch, Graeme / Pictures of the past : Benjamin and Barthes on photography.

In: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1, 02.2002, p. 5-25.

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