Mishka Henner, Carretera de Fortuna, Murcia, Spain.

Watched and Watching

In the digital era, images are increasingly made not by individual photographers (a.k.a., actual people) but rather by automated networks of sensory equipment that gather disparate images into vast data sets for uses both benign and nefarious. A growing number of artists are exploring what it means to be always watched, or always watching.

We live in an era of ubiquitous surveillance, and a growing number of photographers are exploring what it means to be always watched, or always watching.

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Gabrielle Esperdy

Gabrielle Esperdy is a columnist for Places. She is associate professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York.

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Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and senior research fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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Aaron Rothman

Aaron Rothman is the photo editor of Places, and an artist and writer whose work explores contemporary issues in landscape.

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