Let’s call this Surveillance Art

Canadian photographer, Jon Rafman, has taken to using Google Street View images in his latest photography exhibition. The subjects in the photos, presented with a fait accompli, are probably not aware that their image is floating through the art world. Perhaps that is an OK price to pay for these very cool images that have emerged.

These images are captured by a Google Street View car then sent to Google Maps – the thrill of being the first to discover the image, or copy an explicit image before Google takes it down, is what drives Rafman to pursue this virtual street photography art.

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2 responses

    • I know! I’m thinking Jon must love the rawness of it all and that’s why the pixels (or lack of) don’t bother him. He even leaves the navigation symbols in the top left corner and sometimes the mouse on the screen too.

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