Anger over NYC peeping artist’s pictures. In one photo, a woman is on all fours, presumably picking something up, her posterior pressed against a glass window.
Another photo shows a couple in bathrobes, their feet touching beneath a table.
In these and other photos, taken by New York City artist Arne Svenson from his second-floor apartment, the faces are obscured or not shown.
Anger over NYC peeping: But the residents of a glass-walled luxury residential building across the street had no idea they were being photographed and they never consented to being subjects for the works of art that are now on display – and for sale – in a Manhattan gallery.
The indignation that has greeted Arne Svenson’s series of images, The Neighbors, on comment forums has been colourful and occasionally unrepeatable.
The 60-year-old surreptitiously snapped residents in the glass-walled apartments opposite his own in Tribeca, New York, and, without seeking permission from his subjects, exhibited them in a nearby gallery.
Using a 500mm lens, he peeked into the lives of others – like a real-life LB Jeffries from the film Rear Window – and obliterated the assumed divide between the public and the personal, The Guardian reported.
During the 1990s the New York City Police Department (NYPD) adopted CompStat, broken windows policing and other strategies in a major effort to reduce crime.
The city’s dramatic drop in crime has been attributed by criminologists to policing tactics, the end of the crack epidemic, and some have speculated more controversial ideas such as the legalization of abortion approximately 18 years previous and the decline of lead poisoning of children.