The SVA Pictures Collection's folder People - Crowds & Spectators holds a massive array of images of people looking, and almost no images of what they might be looking at. The folder offers a view of spectatorship from the position of the object of sight; instead of taking up our usual perspective as audience members, the images provide a glimpse into the POV of the spectacle itself. The folder contains tens of images of masses of people - united for a vast variety of reasons. A crowd observes a theatrical performance from the seats of an elegant playhouse. Another waits for a ship, perhaps filled with loved ones, to dock. Another gathers for an inauguration. Another crowd, seen from above, comes together for what appears to be a Santa Claus convention. Still another reacts en masse to a sports game. The Crowds & Spectators folder offers insight into a range of - to appropriate art critic John Berger’s phrase - ways of seeing.
Nov 10 2017