A Tribeca photographer has come under fire for taking clandestine photos of his neighbors and making them available for public consumption through a Chelsea art gallery without the consent of his subjects.
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. And there is one of a man, in jeans and a T-shirt, lying on his side as he takes a nap.
"A grown man should not be able to photograph kids in their rooms with a telephoto lens," resident Clifford Finn told the New York Post. Said another resident, "If he’s waiting there for hours with his camera, who knows what kind of footage he has."
For his part, Svenson remains unapologetic.
In a statement released through the galley, he says the Zinc Building tenants have brought this invasion of privacy on themselves.
"For my subjects there is no question of privacy; they are performing behind a transparent scrim on a stage of their own creation with the curtain raised high," Svenson says. "The Neighbors don’t know they are being photographed; I carefully shoot from the shadows of my home into theirs."
He goes on to compare his actions to birdwatching.
Svenson's birds, meanwhile, are considering taking legal action against him.
[photo via AP]