One year ago, I started collecting screen captures of Google Street Views from a range of Street View blogs and through my own hunting. This essay illustrates how my Street View collections reflect the excitement of exploring this new, virtual world. The world captured by Google appears to be more truthful and more transparent because of the weight accorded to external reality, the perception of a neutral, unbiased recording, and even the vastness of the project. At the same time, I acknowledge that this way of photographing creates a cultural text like any other, a structured and structuring space whose codes and meaning the artist and the curator of the images can assist in constructing or deciphering. – Jon Rafman
I suppose this was inevitable, and has been touched on already but this essay and sequence of images should make most serious photographers run to the hills and think about their craft.
IMG MGMT: The Nine Eyes of Google Street View [Art Fag City]