the sidewalk shelf

This collection of photographs made by Joan O’Beirne depict people looking at deadly car crashes. “Onlookers” was made from a series of police photographs taken at vehicular homicide sites. A fragment of gesture is transferred to Plexiglas. ‘Segregated from the whole and greatly enlarged, the faces become barely recognizable as the image breaks down into its essential elements of silver salts,’ O’Beirne writes. The subjects are white and the location of the photographs is not noted.

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