I am in the public eye

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On Wednesday I went to the New  York Public Library to see the photograph exposition of “I am in the public eye”.

At the entrance of the exhibition there was a plasma t.v. with directions of Manhattan with the name “instagram”, so you would choose an address, then click on the photo and you could see all of the “free content” everyone posts on this app. Without them noticing, they are been watched at all times by completely strangers.

There was one project of a man that “posed” for 600 security cameras all around the world. He dressed in the same outfit, so we could spotted him easier. The whole point of this, is to demonstrate that we are being watched at all times, at all places. And it’s completely true, after seeing his project I started noticing everywhere I walk I could see a camera pointing in a direction.

“Thanks to the development of new technology and social media, more photographs are created, viewed, and shared today than ever before. Public Eye, the first-ever retrospective survey of photography organized by NYPL, takes advantage of this moment to reframe the way we look at photographs from the past. What are some of the platforms and networks through which photographs have been shared? In what ways have we, as photography’s public and one of its subjects, been engaged over time? To what ends has the street served as a venue for photographic practice since its beginnings? And, of more recent concern, are we risking our privacy in pursuit of a more public photography? Ranging from photography’s official announcement in 1839 to manifestations of its current pervasiveness, this landmark exhibition, drawn entirely from the Library’s collections, explores the various ways in which photography has been shared and made public. Photography has always been social.” – NYPL

Isn’t a scary thought to know that every time you walk or you are posting on social media, talking a picture on the street, or in the restaurant, it doesn’t matter where you are, everyone is watching…

1 Comment

  1. agnesnilssons

    I love the picture it’s super cool! I totally agree with you, it’s scary that everyone has the possibility to watch you no mater where you’re going! But at the same time, I love pictures and especially sharing them with friends and family and for that, social media is the easiest tool since you can reach everyone at the same time! No mater how scary it is, I’ll continue sharing pictures on social media just because I love it 🙂

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