World Wide Gallery

June 30, 2006

Pace/MacGill Gallery and SVA’s MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department are collaborating on a novel new

exhibition. Drawn from images uploaded to, the online digital photo-sharing network, “Selfportraitr” is an

interactive exhibition of self-portraits taken by Flickr’s one-million-plus user base. The exhibition will be accessible June

30 – August 25 to both viewers and contributors alike via the Pace/MacGill Web site; the gallery space at 32 West 57th Street, 9th floor, will house 8

computers on which visitors can peruse the pictures gathered from photographers around the globe.

The exhibition will not only rely on the Flickr community for content, but will also depend upon the activity of the site’s

users for the organization and editing of what is anticipated to be thousands of images. Whether the image is taken by a

professional photographer or by an amateur experimenting with a camera phone, each image posted on Flickr and “tagged” as a

self-portrait will automatically be filtered and directed into the exhibition. The Pace/MacGill Flickr interface, created by

Jeremy Chien (faculty; MFA 2001 Photography, Video and Related Media) and Stephen Jablonsky (faculty; MFA 1995

Photography and Related Media; BFA 1993 Photography), allows users to vote for favorites and track the most viewed images.

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