The Watchers.

Photographs by Haley Morris-Cafiero. Introduction by Amanda de Cadenet Foreword by Marvin Heiferman.
Magenta Foundation, Toronto, Canada, 2015. Unpaged, 60 color illustrations, 9x11".

Publisher's Description

This is the first published monograph of Haley Morris-Cafiero’s work. 

 'Four years ago, I started the Wait Watchers photographic series when I was taking a self portrait in Times Square. After I got the film developed I noticed that there was a man behind me and he appeared to be sneering at me. It intrigued me that even though we were in the sensory overload capital of the world and he is being photographed by someone, he was fixated on me. And then it happened 5 minutes later on the same roll of film. Since then, I have set up my camera for the purpose of capturing the expressions of passersby. 

When I get home, I look at each frame to see if anyone in the photograph had a critical or questioning look on their face or gesture in their body language. While I do not know what the passerby is thinking, my goal is to reverse the gaze back on to the stranger and start a conversation. I am very interested in how society uses their gaze to project emotions and then how we interpret the looks of others. 

In February of last year, a wonderful blog named Lenscratch published the Wait Watchers images. They were then published on websites all around the world. With the viral exposure came comment sections and blogs that hosted thousands of anonymous comments that said my life and, in the some cases, the world would be better if I lost weight and got a makeover.' —Haley Morris-Cafiero

Haley Morris-Cafiero holds a BA in Photography and a BFA in Ceramics from University of North Florida and a MFA in Art from University of Arizona. She is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at Memphis College of Art. Her series of photographs, Wait Watchers, has been featured in over 50 articles all over the world and she has appeared on CBS This Morning and NPR to discuss her photographs. She has been nominated for the 2014 Prix Pictet and is a finalist for the Renaissance Prize.

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