Rotterdam Photo

Christopher Meerdo

The photographic project Eigengrau looks into unseen and inaccessible image aggregations. Here, the collected works reveal an industrial workforce facial recognition complex and the resulting biometric archives that are produced. These portraits give a rare glimpse into databases that are global in scope; the project has addressed over 200 cameras with an archive of roughly 50,000 images.

Eigengrau occupies the uncomfortable space of making visible the regulatory functions of surveillance capitalism by means of data aggregations. Machine-to-machine vision systems, typically opaque, are brought to light through a security flaw in these image networks, allowing us to fully grasp the speed at which technology has moved away from the humble photographic image.


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Rotterdam Photo

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