began on a trip of the photographer to New York, where he says he was impressed
with the variety of types of people. There were people from all around the
world, from all kinds of races, creeds, cultures, styles. And Marcus Steinmeyer noted
that in the midst of such diversity, no one stood out. People there generally
did not care what the others were wearing or doing. Each had their beliefs,
tastes, concepts and respected (or ignored) the next's.
In a city as crowded and hectic as new york, the goal of Steinmeyer with
this series of photos was to capture the individuality and at the same time the
diversity of the people who were there for several reasons. Since we cannot see
anyone's faces, we have the impression that each one there is just one more
person in the crowd. Thus, besides bringing mystery and instigating the viewer's
curiosity, the pictures of incognito depict the paradox of individuality versus
collectivity, the loneliness of the individual as opposed to the agitation of
the surrounding environment.
Some people depicted in the photographs that make up the series are not that
unknown, for they have turned sideways at the time of the click, but the
selection criterion for the final images was choosing the ones which most awakened
the viewer's curiosity about who they are, what want, what they think and where
they are going.
All work printed in canvas 80 x 53 cm