Performing the passport photo
The passport photo is one of the most mundane and heavily regulated types of photograph. As a photographed subject one has no choice but to follow a set of guidelines – the subject is not allowed to smile, must look straight at the camera, and hold a neutral expression. These restrictions make the image inconceivable for any kind of self-expression. One of the central aims of my work is to investigate the underlying motive of official passport photo requirements. We are inclined to apprehend these rules as pure bureaucracy, but what role do they play in identity authentication procedures of which the passport and the passport photo are crucial elements?
Tayo Adekunle • Amber Brown • Louise Burns • Lucy Fradley • Aayushi Gupta • Anna Hunter • Serina Ma • Lottie Nadeau • Amy Witney Scholes •