Tourist Photos of Famous Landmarks or Impressionist Paintings?


Have you ever noticed how most people’s photos from visits to places like the Eiffel Tower or Niagara Fall are interchangeable? Corinne Vionnet’s series Photo Opportunities has taken that idea and flipped it on its head to make something entirely new. The Swiss photographer layered between 200 to 300 tourist-taken shots of some of the world’s most famous landmarks to create what look like blurry, Impressionist paintings. “This work is intrinsically linked to the people who took these pictures,” Vionnet has explained. “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 lose its meaning.” Click through to check out a gallery of images.

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Louvre Pyramid in Paris

Acropolis of Athens

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Stonehenge, England

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Taj Mahal, India

Niagara Falls, New York

Coliseum in Rome

World Trade Center, New York

Tiananmen Square in Beijing

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

La Alhambra, Granada

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Himeji Castle, Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan

Kinderdijk, Holland