These photographs of viewers in museums focus on the act of looking—and being looked at.
In an era of blockbuster exhibitions and celebrity artists, museum-going can become less an intimate experience than spectator sport. And people watching, as at a mall or a zoo, is part of the ritual. How strangers navigate their private/public boundaries in slow-motion choreography, often forming family-like groupings, is a form of urban anthropology. That the art and appreciator sometimes echo each other adds to the voyeuristic appeal.
More than just being cool, these images suggest, it's important to look cool.
Click here for images from the Hermitage and Russian Museum
in St. Petersburg.