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This past spring artist Michael Wolf exhibited a series of 24 public art works called Paris Street View on freestanding billboards in a district of Amsterdam. The photos on display were culled from Google street view and show a range of personal moments voyeuristically caught by an increasingly all-seeing public eye. It’s not exactly Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment” but it can be interesting to compare a spontanious embrace captured by Google street view with Robert Doisneau’s famously staged kiss. There seems to be something in the air these days because there is a show currently running, Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, at the Tate Modern from May 28 –  October 3, 2010, dealing with the proliferation photographic surveillance in our lives since the inception of the medium. The show features photographs of celebrities and regular folks caught in the act of our everyday lives from the likes of the aforementioned Cartier-Bresson, Weegee, Robert Frank, Lee Miller, and many, many others. If you want to see for yourself but don’t plan on being in London this summer, Exposed will travel next to SFMOMA and run from October 30, 2010 – April 17, 2011.

san francisco museum of modern art | 151 third street, san francisco, ca 94103 | http://www.sfmoma.org

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