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.




  • Alan Thomas
  • shannon-mattern-new2
  • Simon Sadler
  • Despina Stratigakos

Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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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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Simon Sadler

Simon Sadler is a columnist for Places. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism across several programs at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the Department of Design.

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Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos is a columnist for Places. She is an internationally recognized historian and professor in the architecture department at the University at Buffalo.

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