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SPIRIT IS A BONE: ADAM BROMBERG & OLIVER CHANARIN. MACK, London, 2015. 238 pp. 134 ills. 22 x 18 cm. ISBN 9781910164181 In English; captions multilingual in German, English, French and Russian.
Publisher's description: The series of portraits in this book, which include Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevic and many other Moscow citizens, were created by a machine: a facial recognition system recently developed in Moscow for public security and border control surveillance. The result is more akin to a digital life mask than a photograph; a three-dimensional facsimile of the face that can be easily rotated and closely scrutinized. What is significant about this camera is that it is designed to make portraits without the co-operation of the subject; four lenses operating in tandem to generate a full frontal image of the face, ostensibly looking directly into the camera, even if the subject himself is unaware of being photographed. The system was designed for facial recognition purposes in crowded areas such as subway stations, railroad stations, stadiums, concert halls or other public areas but also for photographing people who would normally resist being photographed. Indeed any subject encountering this type of camera is rendered passive, because no matter which direction he or she looks, the face is always rendered looking forward and stripped bare of shadows, make-up, disguises or even poise.
Artist(s):Chanarin, Oliver; Bromberg, Adam
Indexing: Western, Africa, Non-Western in a Western Style — South Africa — Post-2000 — Photography, Electronic Media/Computer Art
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 170364
Hardcover $35.00    

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