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UNKNOWN: Pictures of Strangers explores how artists have used the camera to consider society through the anonymous portrait. Whether the subject posed for the photographer or the picture was "taken" without their knowledge, in these images the people are always unknown. Although it is taboo to stare in public, these pictures invite the viewer to pour over faces and search for meaning. Without knowing the subject, we are free to project our own assumptions on these faces and guess the photographer's intentions. As urbanization crowds us together and the camera becomes ubiquitous, this exhibition explores compelling contemporary issues surrounding anonymity, privacy, voyeurism, and above all, our compulsive curiosity about humanity. Organized by Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell, Co-Founders of Transformer Station.
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