The Photographer Who is Taking People’s Photos in Museums
You might not notice Stefan Draschan, but he notices you. The France-based photographer sits in museums for hours on end—in Paris, Munich, and Vienna—waiting for the perfect moment, when people watching becomes art.
Draschan’s project, “People Matching Artworks” is exactly that: a photo series of people looking at artwork, standing in positions or wearing clothes that match, or at least, complement the art. The people are unaware that they’re being photographed and that they’re matching the artwork.
“There was nothing specific about starting it, it just happened like all of my photography,” said Draschan in an email. “I like to photograph a lot of things and whether or not it becomes a series is just luck.” He’s already done a few projects with a similar theme, like “Cars Matching People” and “Couples Matching,” as well as a museum-specific one appropriately titled “People Sleeping in Museums.” Like “People Matching Artworks,” the scenes in these series aren’t staged at all.
Draschan started the project in 2015 and frequents museums in Paris, Vienna, and Berlin to find his subjects. He started noticing a pattern after he spontaneously took photos at museums in Berlin and Munich. “A month later, in Vienna, it became clear that it wasn’t just a coincidence. My eyes have learned to watch out for it,” he said of how he got into the habit of capturing people viewing art. This Photographer Takes People’s Photos in Museums When They Least Expect It – Condé Nast Traveler