Gail Albert Halaban’s Vis-à-Vis, Paris

A new book of her work introduced us to photographer Gail Albert Halaban’s creepy-slash-cool photo project, Vis-à-Vis, Paris, where she peers through open windows to capture the domestic lives of everyday Parisians. It’s a follow up to a similar project in New York that explored the meaning of public versus private. The framework feels very voyeuristic, but the photos were actually carefully composed in cooperation with the subject and shot from a neighbour’s home, adding a layer of connection and community to Halaban’s work. Check out this short documentary (above), which goes into a bit more detail about her inspiration.

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Stacy Lee Kong
Gail Albert Halaban