Exhibit Eyes Invasions of Privacy

Photo by jonathan mcintosh

As hard as it might be for some people to accept, you don’t own your “image,” you can’t control whether someone takes your photo in public, and no one has to ask your permission. From paparazzi in hot pursuit of starlets to street photographers trying to capture candid moments, it’s all up for grabs. And, sometimes, those are the best shots.

With that in mind, London’s Tate Modern is running the exhibit “Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera,” which explores the “unseen photographer,” from Marilyn Monroe feeling the breeze on the subway grates to a kissing couple in a 1950s movie theater, and how the viewer is implicated in such covert observations. From the Tate’s web site:

The issues raised are particularly relevant in the current climate, with topical debates raging around the rights and desires of individuals, terrorism and the increasing availability and use of surveillance. Exposed confronts these issues and their implications head-on.

The exhibit will go until October 3.

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