Doug Rickard spent almost two years scanning through Google’s collection of “Street View” images and selected out thousands, some of which are now being shown in an exhibit at MoMA. At first I was a bit skeptical – having “your” photos exhibited when you yourself didn’t actually create the images. You created the collection. But the MoMA intro does explain that he mosaiced and manipulated the images, so there was creative production work on his part too. I can think of parallels with other types of artists and “found objects,” but this idea is new to me for photography.
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