Capturing the Already Captured

16 Feb

A German photographer, Michael Wolf, was praised for his work at the World Press Photo Contest this year. His “Series of Unfortunate Events,” basically consisted of him finding interesting/disturbing/funny/weird images from Google Street view, and then taking a picture…of the picture.  Like this:

Laying on sidewalk, manhole

Or this:

Pigeon in flight

His series is categorized as photojournalism, but some critics are skeptical.  He claims that “it doesn’t belong to Google, because I’m interpreting Google; I’m appropriating Google. If you look at the history of art, there’s a long history of appropriation.”

I think it’s an interesting concept, he’s making art out of something functional that was already there.

You can see more of his work, at


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