Voyeuristic art photography

In her story “Voyeurism or Art?,” my friend Jackie Tobin at PDN questions whether the subjects of Yasmine Chatila‘s new images are, in fact, fair photographic game. Yasmine’s conceit is to take pictures of people in their apartments, without their knowledge, from some outside vantage point.

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Photo by Yasmine Chatila.

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It’s very Rear Window. Or perhaps a less polite version of the work of Shizuka Yokomizo, whose subjects present themselves at their window at an agreed-upon time. Shizuka was part of “Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video,” in 2003, which is how I learned of her.

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Photo by Shizuka Yokomizo.

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(Over at Conscientious, Jörg Colberg draws parallels between Yasmine and Merry Alpern’s “Dirty Windows.”)

Along less racy lines, there’s Nadav Kander’s series “The Parade,” in which he offers revealing moments of ordinary domesticity as seen along the Parade, a coastal road in southeast England. “The 150 or so houses that line one side of the road all share uninterrupted views of the sea from the front, whilst from behind they are overshadowed by Dungeness, the oldest nuclear power station in England,” he writes.

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From “The Parade,” by Nadav Kander.

See more “Parade” photos at Nadav’s site, in the “Work” section.

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One Comment

  1. Posted 12/15/2009 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed this interesting comparison. Thank you.


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