"The Neighbors don’t know they are being photographed"
May 17, 2013 10:42 AM Subscribe
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Photographer Arne Svenson
a bit of controversy
with his recent show "The Neighbors
," about which he says, "I turned to the residents of a glass-walled apartment building across the street from my NYC studio. The Neighbors don’t know they are being photographed; I carefully shoot from the shadows of my home into theirs. I am not unlike the birder, quietly waiting for hours, watching for the flutter of a hand or the movement of a curtain as an indication that there is life within."
In "The Voyeur Next Door
," The Tribeca Citizen
reports, "The images are gorgeous—the Art in America review [PDF]
cites Hopper, Vermeer, and Hitchcock—but they certainly bring up questions regarding privacy. Svenson, in his website remarks, dismisses the issue: 'For my subjects there is no question of privacy; they are performing behind a transparent scrim on a stage of their own creation with the curtain raised high.'"
For the curious, The New York Times
featured Svenson's Tribeca loft home
[slide show here
], the staging ground for the telephoto-enabled artistic home invasions, as part of their "Great Homes and Destinations" section back in December, 2012.