Photographs by Willem Popelier.
Post Editions, The Netherlands, 2012. 608 pp., color illustrations, 6x8¼".
Dutch photographer Willem Popelier accidently found 91 photographs and two films made by two girls on a publicly accessible computer, which kicked off a longrunning project in which Popelier explored the role of photography on the internet and social media sites along with the charged debate about identity and privacy on the internet. This book is a compilation of five recent projects on the theme of how anonymous people are willing to portray themselves photographically in “public” forums. Showroom Girls follows Popelier as he creates – completely legally and without any hacking – an intimate portrait using clues left behind by one of the girls on websites such as Hyves, Facebook and Twitter. Also includes This is Me and This is Me; Mr. and Mrs. Happylife; Visual Proof of My Existence and Rejected Identities.