Strange, Dissected Portraits Play Into Our Fear of Spying

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Facial recognition software is everywhere. Facebook knows what you look like, even if your face is hidden in the photo. Google can spot you in childhood snapshots. Walk into a casino, bank, or high-end retailer and there’s a good chance that a security camera can identify you.

Jacob Burge illustrates the ubiquity of this technology in his series Face Off. “[These photos] are my way of representing our current image and surveillance society,” he writes in his artist’s statement, “a place where our identity is being digitized on a daily basis.”

The British photographer lives in Hitachinaki, Japan, and took the photos in Tokyo one year ago using a Fujifilm X-Pro1. He’d read about facial recognition software and surveillance and was inspired to explore the issue using candid street pictures.

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