The Camera, Anonymity and Surveillance

by Megan Daly


A product of his curiosity about contemporary surveillance and formal citizenship, David Whitelaw's project Every[one] is known (2018), featured in Issue #2, Fame, starts a conversation about present-day concepts of 'identity'. The passport-style, square photographs, disguised behind a misted lens, conjure questions of how we are categorised and identified as people - under the scrutiny of those watching, and to ourselves. Whitelaw demonstrates how, under the omniscient eye of the camera, the notion of the individual begins to fade away.



To see more of David's work or to contact him, visit:

http://www.davidwhitelaw.org/

https://www.instagram.com/david.whitelaw/



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