Controversial Artwork Prompts Questions About Privacy

Artistic or Voyeuristic?

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If you ask the residents of Manhattan's Zinc Building they may vote heavily for the latter. Having recently discovered that their all-glass oasis, which they call home, is the background and they themselves the subjects of artist Arne Svenson's new photography exhibit "The Neighbors".

Svenson, who lives just across the street from the Zinc, had been observing and photographing his neighbors in a real world Hitchcokian style. However unlike the movies, Svenson's subjects are not actors although he is selling their work, his art, for up to $7,500 a piece at Chelsea's Julie Saul Gallery downtown. And though no one person is identifiable – Svenson obscured all photos to ensure privacy – the exhibit has sparked the question of legality. With the inexhaustible pursuit of artistry in today's endless flow of information and access, in the name of art: how far is too far?

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

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