Inspirational Photographs Captured by Google Maps’ “Street View” Cameras

Canada-based artist Jon Rafman has gathered a huge selection of photography captured by Google Maps’ “Street View” cameras. Aptly named 9-eyes after the nine cameras used by Google to capture 360-degree horizontal views of the streets of the world, the photographs gathered by Rafman certainly reflect a raw, honest depiction of humanity that are beautifully composed and remind me of vintage polaroids.

“Within the panoramas, I can locate images of gritty urban life reminiscent of hard-boiled American street photography. Or, if I prefer, I can find images of rural Americana that recall photography commissioned by the Farm Securities Administration during the depression,” says Rafman in an article published here. See a sampling below and check out daily updates at

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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