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Photo Opportunities by Corinne Vionnet



Series of photographic works entitled “Photo Opportunities”, from hundreds of snapshots of tourist locations found on the Internet.
By collecting and then bringing together successive layers of around a hundred similar “photo souvenirs”,
these images conjure up questions about representation and memory of places.

Switzerland-based Corinne Vionnet is our guide to the world’s most famous landmarks, monuments millions have visited before. Her art is created not by acrylic, oil, or watercolor, each piece is made by combining hundreds of tourist photos into one. After conducting an online keyword search and sifting through photo sharing sites, this Swiss/French artist carefully layers 200 to 300 photos on top of one another until she gets her desired result.
Look closely and you’ll see dim shadows, vague silhouettes that aimlessly wander around. More than anything, these haunting figures make us think about our own fading memories and the inevitable passage of time. “Why do we always take the same picture, if not to interact with what already exists?,” Vionnet asks. “The photograph proves our presence. And to be true, the picture will be perfectly consistent with the pictures in our collective memory.”

Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

Taj Mahal, India

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

La Alhambra, Granada

Kinderdijk, Holland

Stonehenge, England

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Acropolis of Athens, Greece

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Mount Fuji, Japan

World Trade Center, New York

Niagara Falls, New York

Coliseum in Rome, Italy

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France

Himeji Castle, Japan

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow
“This work is intrinsically linked to the people who took these pictures,” Vionnet says. “The collaboration is obvious, but it is without their knowledge. These pictures are on the Internet, to be seen by any eventual visitors. I am just one of those visitors. It is the sheer quantity of these almost identical pictures that gave me the idea of superimposing them. I do not think I would have had the idea if I had made all these pictures of the same places myself. Anyway, the work would loose its meaning.”
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