The Art of Street View: Doug Rickard / Mishka Henner

Posted filed under Internet, Photography, USA.


Utilizing the comprehensive image archive Google Street View for his series A New American Picture, photographer Doug Rickard virtually drives the unseen and overlooked roads of America, to find bleak places that are forgotten, economically devastated, and abandoned. Collectively, these images present a startling photographic portrait of the socially disenfranchised, providing deeply affecting evidence of the American Dream inverted.


Selections from A New American Picture are included in Pier 24 Photography’s recent exhibition, HERE in San Francisco., on view until December 16th.

Mishka Henner – No Man’s Land

Mashable: “Photographer Mishka Henner’s No Man’s Land series, self-published in book form, collects GSV screengrabs of roadside prostitutes in rural Italy. Henner decided to publish when he discovered online communities that use Street View to share information about the locations of sex workers – one of the darker uses of GSV.”

Publishing Date: April 22, 2011 | Dimensions: 8×10 inches (20×25 cm) | Colour, 120 pgs | Order here.


Looped DVD projection, 6:48 mins.
Included in From Here On at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2011.

More: Exploring the margins of our urban and rural European environment with Google Street View.

Aaron Hobson – cinemascapes

You may also like Aaron Hobson’s series of pretty pictures scraped out of Street View. Some really cool stuff over there. Hobson doesn’t add or remove anything from the original GSV image, and only performs minor retouching. “I probably spend 5-10 minutes retouching each image before it is finalized,” he said. “I only use HD street views, so the images are very sharp to begin with.”The image above was taken in Prejmer, Romania.

BONUS: Address Is Approximate

Google Street View stop motion animation short made as a personal project by director Tom Jenkins.

Story: A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.

Music by the wonderfull Cinematic Orchestra (cinematicorchestra.com) and the track is Arrival of the Birds – please buy the fantastic album.

All screen imagery was animated – there are no screen replacements.

Produced, animated, filmed, lit, edited & graded by Tom Jenkins (theoryfilms.co.uk / facebook.com/theoryfilms – !NEW MAKING OF PICS ON FB PAGE! / @thetheoryUK / twitter.com/#!/thetheoryUK).

Shot using Canon 5d MkII, Dragonframe Stop Motion software and customised slider.