Privacy via Obliviousness (1996)
Black & white photograph (Giclée) by Michael Whitaker


  • Black & white photograph (Giclée), Paper
  • From a limited edition of 100
  • Size: 19 × 13 × 0.02 in (unframed) / 18.13 × 12.13 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered on the back

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Michael Whitaker

United States

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Artist's description:

This image was captured in 1996 while walking through Square Jean-XXIII en route to the adjacent Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris. I first noticed the young boy climb upon the bench and begin pulling down his pants in order to urinate into the bushes. After finishing his task, the boy pulled up his pants, jumped from the bench and re-joined his father as they continued toward the cathedral. At no point during this entire incident did either of the two women sitting on the adjacent bench notice the young boy or what he was doing, apparently because they were so completely engrossed in reading their tour books. The boy's father also observed the two women had never noticed his son, and then, looking at me, smiled and shrugged his shoulders before walking away. Somewhat prophetically, the word "Pull" is printed on the rear pocket of the boy's right rear pocket as potential warning the boy may pull down his pants. This photo is part of my photo series entitled "Restricted Attention."

Materials used:

This photograph was created from a Kodak Tri-X negative scanned with a Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 and processed via Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop before being printed as a giclee on archival 100% cotton rag fine art paper.

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