Hundreds of Tourist Photos Weaved into One (18 total)

Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

Ready to embark on an adventure? Let's take a trip around the world. Got no cash? Strapped for time? No worries. On this vacation, you won't be leaving your desk...

Switzerland-based Corinne Vionnet is our guide to the world's most famous landmarks, monuments millions have visited before. Her art is created not by acrylic, oil, or watercolor, each piece is made by combining hundreds of tourist photos into one. After conducting an online keyword search and sifting through photo sharing sites, this Swiss/French artist carefully layers 200 to 300 photos on top of one another until she gets her desired result.

Look closely and you'll see dim shadows, vague silhouettes that aimlessly wander around. More than anything, these haunting figures make us think about our own fading memories and the inevitable passage of time. "Why do we always take the same picture, if not to interact with what already exists?," Vionnet asks. "The photograph proves our presence. And to be true, the picture will be perfectly consistent with the pictures in our collective memory."


Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China


Taj Mahal, India


Mecca, Saudi Arabia


La Alhambra, Granada


Kinderdijk, Holland


Stonehenge, England


Pyramids of Giza, Egypt


Acropolis of Athens, Greece


Chichen Itza, Mexico


Mount Fuji, Japan


World Trade Center, New York


Horseshoe Falls, Canada


Coliseum in Rome, Italy


Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany


Eiffel Tower in Paris, France


Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France


Himeji Castle, Japan

"This work is intrinsically linked to the people who took these pictures," Vionnet says. "The collaboration is obvious, but it is without their knowledge. These pictures are on the Internet, to be seen by any eventual visitors. I am just one of those visitors. It is the sheer quantity of these almost identical pictures that gave me the idea of superimposing them. I do not think I would have had the idea if I had made all these pictures of the same places myself. Anyway, the work would loose its meaning."

Corinne Vionnet's website

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Comment by Ivelin on March 3, 2011 at 11:53pm
amazing, these photos contain so many stories..
Comment by enthemic on March 1, 2011 at 10:52am
The past tense of "weave" is "woven" not "weaved"
Comment by Mahmut Mollaahmed on February 27, 2011 at 1:16pm
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Ovfwrtrwt :D veri nice !! :D
Comment by Balt O's Fan on February 23, 2011 at 1:36pm
My glasses correct my astigmatism. I have my glasses on and now it's no longer corrected. Ouch.
Comment by Lagadenn on February 19, 2011 at 4:18am
troubling-troubled... Architecture seems to come alive
Comment by Alyssa Anda on February 17, 2011 at 2:47pm
@Matthew-that's exactly what I was thinking!

I want to add that it sort of looks like each one is in motion. I applaud her dedication to each picture. I can only imagine the time it took to complete one.
Comment by Matthew Palma on February 16, 2011 at 7:14pm
awesome the way that the photos over lap make it almost look like a concept sketch
Comment by sAm on February 16, 2011 at 5:29pm
Wonderful!!!
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