Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Peter Otto's Tourist Places

I found the work of London based photographer Peter Otto today. His series Tourist Places depicts sightseers in the act of photographing monuments in the landscape. Cleverly, however, Otto consciously omits any specific reference to the attractions being photographed by his subjects. There is a something wonderfully self-referential about this series. Seeing a photograph of someone photographing something that we are not permitted to see creates an odd tension in images.

While you're visiting his website, I would recommend checking out Otto's series' Spaces 1 and Spaces 2.

All photographs from the series Tourist Places

All Images © Peter Otto