Arne Svenson
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(Left to Right)

Neighbors # 27 (2012)
Pigment Print
Artist Proof
From the collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell

Neighbors #2 (2012)
Pigment Print
5 from an edition of 5
From the collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
For his series The Neighbors, Arne Svenson used a telephoto lens to photograph the occupants of a glass-and-steel luxury apartment adjacent to his TriBeCa studio. Unaware of being photographed, the neighbors sit, nap, talk, and check their phones, framed and partially obscured by window ledges and curtains masking their specific identities and rendering their actions both mysterious and strangely intriguing. As Svenson explains, "I am not photographing the residents as specific, identifiable individuals, but as representations of humankind." Svenson’s use of windows and drapery and his obvious interest in the play of light and glass recall the sensibility of Vermeer, whose genre paintings also sought to elevate the everyday