No man’s land in Italy

Friday, 31 May, 2013

In an excellent essay for The New Inquiry, Teju Cole mediates on the approach of photography’s third century and introduces us to the work of Mishka Henner, a photographer working with images from Google Earth and Google Street View.

Says Cole: “Henner uses Google Earth to look at pixelated images of secret, usually military, locations in the Netherlands; it is a bracing update of the Dutch landscape tradition. In another project, made using Google Street View and titled ‘No Man’s Land,’ he finds images of sex workers standing on the roadside in rural Italian locations, most of them alone, and most in broad daylight. The images are painful and poignant, but the surprise is that there are so many to be found.”


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