Photography

Svenson, Arne (1952)

Arne Svenson likes to observe without being seen. The American photographer attracted the attention of the media when he revealed his controversial series The Neighbors, diverse stolen photographs of the inhabitants of a glass building facing his flat. Through their windows that also serve as structural frames, the voyeuristic spectator is invited within the intimate and almost theatrical existences of these anonymous characters, capturing only hints, suggestions of what is really happening before our eyes - ‘I was stringent about not revealing their identities – not photographing them as specific, identifiable personages, but more as anonymous representations of human kind. Therefore, I only reveal the turn of the head, the back against a window, the legs under a table – the quotidian activities that signify our collective human behavior.’ With this series or with that of The Workers and its oval formats, Arne Svenson delivers a soft elegant painterly aesthetic enhanced by the fragmented compositions and the impression of dusty surfaces as if we had unearthed and Old Master work of art. The photographer was sued for his Neighbors project, yet he won the case. It seems like spying on others is allowed in the name of art…
 

Arne Svenson, Neighbors #12, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #12, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #57, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #57, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #46, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #46, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #41, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #41, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #11, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #11, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #38, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #38, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #30, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #30, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #47, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #47, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #54, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #54, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #49, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #49, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #42, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #42, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #13, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #13, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #3, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #3, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #14, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #14, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #4, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #4, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #8, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Neighbors #8, 2012, from series The Neighbors
Arne Svenson, Workers #10, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #10, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #6, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #6, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #14, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #14, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #8, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #8, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #3, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #3, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #2, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #2, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #1, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #1, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #21, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #21, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #12, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #12, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #16, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Workers #16, 2014, from series The Workers
Arne Svenson, Strays #40, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #40, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #12, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #12, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #1, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #1, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #6, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #6, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #26, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #26, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #4, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #4, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #24, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #24, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #10, 2012
Arne Svenson, Strays #10, 2012
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