Facebook Portrait Project: Photographer Sets Out to Meet Her 600-Plus ‘Friends’
May 18, 2012 1:58pm
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is set to earn billions by today’s end, with the company’s launch of its IPO. So as our friend counts continue to grow, one photographer, Tanja Alexia Hollander, set out to find just how many of her FB friends are actual friends. With her FB friend list set at 626 friends (it’s grown higher since), Hollander decided to meet face-to-face with each of her contacts and photograph them through a series of environmental portraits called “Are you really my friend? The Facebook Portrait Project.”
Samantha Appleton, Washington, D.C.
Hollander was inspired to explore the idea of friendship in the digital age one day when she was writing an old-fashioned, snail-mail letter while also IM’ing with a friend. She began in February of 2011 and to date has photographed 251 “friends”, including former lovers, distant acquaintances and a few people she had never actually met (some of whom she now calls friends).