Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Julie Saul Gallery (March 2015)
Selected by Barbara Epler
“Astonishingly beautiful photographs of Svenson’s neighbours, taken with a super-zoom lens, conjure up fleeting moments as well as a weird dichotomy of near and far, resulting, within the rectangular window frames, in strangely painterly images: Vermeer comes to mind. Somehow he gets to the heart of life in the city now.” —Barbara Epler
When Arne Svenson’s show The Neighbors opened in 2013 at New York’s Julie Saul Gallery, it sparked outrage. Svenson had used a telephoto lens to photograph his unsuspecting and unconsenting neighbours, who promptly sued him. Svenson eventually won the legal battle after the Supreme Court ruled that the photographs were protected under the First Amendment. The Neighbors is a slightly disturbing, voyeuristic take on the inner life of Svenson’s semi-anonymous subjects.