Image Atlas scrapes the visual web for the things that unite and divide us. Developed by artist Taryn Simon and Aaron Swartz, the site ‘investigates cultural differences and similarities by indexing top image results for given search terms across local engines throughout the world. Visitors can refine or expand their comparisons from the 57 countries currently available, and sort by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or alphabetical order.’
Simon’s other works, including An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (Amazon link), Contraband (Amazon link) and The Innocents (Amazon), all present complex scenarios through extremely dense, highly detailed research, supported by her crisply matter-of-fact photographic imagery. One of her most recent projects, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I – XVIII, is a hugely ambitious presentation of disparate bloodlines around the world, and the relationship between history and the individual.