I discovered the woman in this photograph on Millennium Bridge in London, England, just outside the Tate Modern museum. She was taking pictures of her friends but the proximity to the Tate Modern suggested that she could in fact be an object of art rather than a real person. Alternatively, the people in the background could be the art installation and the woman a real person photographing it.
The scene reminded me of a photograph that I made in 1979 in the Museum moderner Kunst (museum of modern art) in Vienna, Austria, of a visitor before a display, in which the roles of the spectator and the object seemed equally interchangeable.
Art has a habit of asking awkward questions, in particular about our perception of what is real. Dare we ask the role of the photographer in this setup? Eyewitness, accomplice or arranger?
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