Jon Rafman calls it “Street View surfing.”
The Canadian artist spends much of his time culling Google Street View for strange, surreal images, photographs of prostitutes or criminals, and rare instances of camera malfunction, and he has assembled one of the very best Street View compilations we’ve seen. “Google places a comment, ‘report a concern,’ on the bottom of every single image,” Rafman has written, in a refreshingly lucid artist statement. “How can I demonstrate my concern for humanity within Google’s street photography?” This website is an elegant, forceful answer.
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