A Portrait of American Life on Google Street View
By David Rosenberg | Behold

Doug Rickard spent four years combing through Google Street View exploring images of cities either forgotten or symbolic of economic collapse to produce the series “A New American Picture,” one of the most talked about projects of 2012.

Rickard said the popularity of the work—and subsequent controversy—wasn’t unexpected.

“It has been pretty amazing,” Rickard said about reaction to the work. “When I started it, I had a feeling it would strike a chord on a lot of different levels, so in a strange way I had sort of anticipated everything that has come.”

Some of the controversy Rickard spoke about included debates about how photography should be defined, the use of technology in art, privacy, surveillance, race, and class.

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