In 2007 Google started the Google Maps project to map and photograph as many streets as possible. To do this the company sent out an army of hybrid electric cars supplied with an amazing weird image-capturing device called ‘the 9 eyes’. The device captures 9 photos, which together create a 360º horizontal and 290º vertical panoramic view. Rafman was so intrigued by the side effects some photos produced, he decided to browse the millions of photos from Google Maps looking for those capturing the gritty urban life reminiscent of hard-boiled America, postcard perfect shots, old family snapshots, landscape photography and so on.
Rafman belongs to a new breed of artists that fully embrace the endless possibilities of the Internet Rafman refers to his work as the work of an ‘Internet aware artist’. Breaking the boundaries of traditional art and its presentation.
Read more in our interview with Rafman.