When it comes to photographing poverty across the world, we think of strong-willed men and women with cameras slung across their back and notepads in hand. We don’t usually think of cars with cameras on top of them.
Yet, photographer Doug Rickard has assembled an entire exhibit at the New York Museum of Modern Art with stunning images of poverty in the United States found using the Street View feature of Google Maps. The museum describes his exhibit:
Scrutinizing the Google Maps pictures, he composed images on his computer screen, which he then photographed using a digital camera. The resulting pictures—digitally manipulated to remove the Google watermark and cropped to a panoramic format—comment on poverty and racial equity in the United States, the bounty of images on the web, and issues of personal privacy.
Take some time to go through the photos on MOMA’s website.