Living Family Portrait in Madison Square Park, New York City

The family photograph serves to record and legitimize the family’s social structure and identity. Using this genre as the initial platform, I expand the dialogue about duration and permanence in photography and it’s relationship to performance. What appears on first glance to be a conventional family portrait, is in fact strangers posing as a family; the staged family appears to be posing for a snapshot though there is no camera nor photographer present. This footage was recoded in Madison Square Park during rush hour, August 2010 using hidden video cameras.


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