And they’re off: Bill Sullivan

During the Weimar Republic, August Sander created portraits of typical Germans near Cologne. In these images the subjects pose for the camera, conscious that it was there but more-or-less emotionally detached.

Contemporary photographer Bill Sullivan channels Sander with a post-modern twist, appropriating the image of New Yorkers as they ride elevators, pass through subway turnstiles, and have their portraits drawn. In his large-scale photographs, the “sitter” is (as often as not) unaware of the photographer, bringing to mind questions about the use of one’s likeness as well as the omnipresence of cameras — rather different issues than Sander encountered.

I must really applaud Mr. Sullivan on the presentation of these images. I have never seen the gallery motif so well employed online. Installations of the “More Turns” series — both virtual and actual — take on the appearance of the starting gate of a horse race, which in a way is what the subway can actually feel like.

(Thanks to Conscientious)

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