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Faceless Faces in Public Places by Sam Kittner

By November 13, 2020ASMP Bookshelf, Member Projects

Faceless Faces in Public Places presents people exhibiting determination and hope as they interact with their daily environments amid the angst of this unprecedented era, capturing the affection they show for their communities and the vital nature of place even during a pandemic. The collection, with over 80 black-and-white photographs, is composed of street photography showing adults and children wearing protective masks as they go about their lives in local neighborhoods within the Washington, DC, urban core.

The focus on those who have made masks an essential item depicts a world where every person seen is taking a responsible role in the pandemic and has made the choice to live a new kind of life against the backdrop of familiar places that are somehow not at all the same. Images in the series also capture the spirit of protests calling for racial justice that erupted during the summer of 2020 in the midst of the global health crisis. Sam Kittner’s Faceless Faces in Public Places marks our collective navigation through these historic time

Faceless Faces in Public Places is a timely, uplifting, and thought-provoking gift for family, friends, clients, and coworkers.  ASMP Members can use the discount code MaskOnDude for 15% off the book.

Available in the following formats:
-Downloadable ePub flipbook $9.95
-7×7″ softcover book $24.95
-First Run Limited Edition 8×10″ hardback book- all copies signed by photographer $49.95
-plus tax & shipping- downloadable ePub is complementary with all book purchases

Visit FacelessFacesInPublicPlaces.com to get your copy.


From the author:

My first book of photographs, Faceless Faces in Public Places, A Series of Photographs During the Coronavirus Crisis, has been printed and I’d love for you to take a look.

While I wish this pandemic had never occurred, the making of the book has been a very rewarding personal and professional journey that I am thrilled to share with you. The Faceless Faces project gave me a framework to continue my decades-long work of telling placemaking stories. Even in the pandemic, people and places still interact.

I not only had the privilege of capturing scenes of grace and beauty amidst these uncertain times here in my beloved DC metro area, but I also had the opportunity to collaborate with many friends and associates I admire. They have helped me to shape the book – the critical selection and sequencing of images to create a pace to the narrative, the whole design and layout, and the printing and distribution process.

Here is a link to a WJLA news report from May when I was in the midst of photographing those Faceless Faces in Public Places. I’d love your feedback once you’ve seen it.

-Sam Kittner

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