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Touchstone

Current display

Anonymity Isn't for Everyone

Haley Morris-Cafiero

13 Oct – 15 Jan 2017

 Anonymity Isn't for Everyone, Haley Morris-Cafiero, 2010 Courtesy of TJ Boulting

Anonymity Isn't for Everyone, Haley Morris-Cafiero, 2010 Courtesy of TJ Boulting

Anonymity Isn't for Everyone, Haley Morris-Cafiero, 2010 Courtesy of TJ Boulting

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Touchstone is a display featuring a single photograph on our Eranda Studio Floor. Visitors are invited to respond to the photograph, through writing and drawing, using pencils and cards provided. You can see how others have responded to past and current displays here. This programme links with The Photographers' Gallery's wider educational emphasis on visual literacy.

Our current display is Anonymity Isn't for Everyone (2010) by Haley Morris-Cafiero.

This photograph is from a series called The Watchers. Morris-Cafiero produced a range of self portraits in busy public places. Here she is seen sitting on the stairs in Times Square, New York City. Mounting her camera on a tripod or bench, the artist used a timer to take self portraits while doing everyday tasks such as resting, reading a map, talking on the phone or stopping to take a photograph.

The Watchers was published in book format in 2015 and the work also featured on a blog, entitled Wait Watchers, where people made anonymous comments about Morris-Cafiero’s body size. Haley Morris-Cafiero lives in Tennessee where she is an Associate Professor of Photography and Assistant Dean at the Memphis College of Art. The Watchers book is available from our Bookshop on the Lower Ground Floor.

This work is selected by Fiona Rogers. She is Global Business Development Manager at Magnum Photos and the founder of Firecracker, a support platform for women photographers.

With thanks to Hannah Watson at TJ Boulting


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