People In Google Street View Turned Into Life Size Posters & Posted In Same Location

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We each seem to know someone caught on Google’s Street View – even I can be found in my driveway on the online map.  While its surreal finding a part of real life online for anyone to see, artist Paolo Cirio brings it back to real life again with his series Street Ghosts.  Cirio finds images of people in Google Street View and prints life size posters of them.  He then wheat pastes each person in the physical location he found them on Street View.  Cirio makes a point of mentioning that the wheat pastes were printed and posted without authorization.  This underscores that these images of various were acquired without permission to begin with.  The series raises questions and concerns in regards to salvaging privacy in an increasing technological and commercial world.

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