For 16 years now I have been following the traces of public webcams: cameras installed in public or private spheres that automatically record images and spread them via internet. I research where they are located, travel there, and get myself photographed. New York and Moscow, London, Las Vegas and Singapore - I went to more than 750 webcams in 20 countries. So far. On location, I place myself in front of the camera. As "The Traveller", I stare back. Same clothes, same pose, every time. You can recognize me in every image. A lot of questions arise. Who sets up these automated cameras, and why? What do they show? Are people aware of them? Who needs these images? Who looks at them? Does the presence of a camera alter a site? What constitutes a photographic image in terms of content, authorship or quality? The Traveller examines global spread of imagery between irrelevance, amusement, information and surveillance, and the aesthetics involved.
Among many other places, The Traveller encountered the legendary coffee machine where the world's first webcam was pointed at, the ESA European Space Agency main control room, a huge cactus observed by four cameras, numerous street corners and backyards, and the inside of a New York police station – arrested for strange behavior.
The Traveller is a collaborative project with Bernhard Reuss.
Jens Sundheim, born 1970 in Germany, studied Information Science, then Photography in Dortmund and Exeter, England. He attended the master course Arno Fischer at Ostkreuzschule Berlin in 2010 and received his MA Photography at HAW Hamburg in 2013. Sundheim's work has been shown at festivals and exhibitions worldwide including The New York Public Library, Rencontres d'Arles Photographie Festival, Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, Fotomuseum Antwerp, Tokyo Museum of Photography, NCCA Moscow and apexart New York.
For his work Sundheim received several awards including grants by Goethe-Institut Moscow and the European Union, and recently a scholarship for an artist residency in Gotland, Sweden.
Bernhard Reuss, born 1966 in Germany, studied photography at the Fachhochschule Dortmund, Germany. A former board member of the BBK Wiesbaden artist association, he is now engaged in an exhibition space for contemporary art in Wiesbaden, Germany.
His works have been shown in exhibitions all over the world, including The New York Public Library, Museum Centre Vaprikki in Tampere, Finland, Rencontres d'Arles Photographie Festival, Fotomuseum Antwerp, Belgium, Tokyo Museum of Photography, Museum Centre Vaprikki in Tampere, Finland, apexart New York, Ruhr Museum Essen, Germany, M.K. Ciurliones Art Museum in Kaunas, Lithuania, and transmediale festival, Berlin.
All images are available as 28 x 36" (widths vary) chromogenic prints made in editions of 4 + 2 APs for $1400. The video is also available for purchase.
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