Public Privacy (Flash Video)
Wendy Richmond uses her cellphone camera to record New Yorkers living their daily life in different settings such as museums and streets. The clips have been compiled into split-screen layouts, suggestive of the many-eyed watchfulness of surveillance cameras but with a quiet, personal tone.
Like the thousands of surveillance cameras that watch us 24/7, I record the daily activities of city life: people waiting for the subway, walking their dogs, watching a parade, window shopping. But my goal is not to catch something out of the ordinary. In this project, which I call “Public Privacy: Wendy Richmond’s Surreptitious Cellphone,” I seek just the opposite: the steady and mundane urban choreography that we all perform together. My grids are the culmination of the dances I’ve witnessed on a world-class stage: New York.
Thanks to Michael McPherson.