Portraits of People Shot Through Window Screens, Netting, and Scrims

Screen Series is a project by New York City-based photographer Matthew Tischler, featuring portraits of people shot through window screens, netting, and scrims, with the window screens being in sharp focus rather than the subjects.

Tischler writes,

I employ these grids and barriers in order to dissect, pixelate, filter and flatten landscapes and space. Subjects and figures are broken apart and reconstructed in such a way that they are both integrated into their environments and isolated within them. None of the subjects in my photographs have any discernible features; rather they are faceless characters whose identities are defined by their surroundings. Although the photographs originate from 35mm negatives, I hope to reference both video technology and painting techniques.

Some of the screens are wet, which adds “pixelation” to the already surreal images:

Head on over to Tischler if you’d like to see more photos from this series. You can also purchase prints of images from this project over on 20×200.

Screen Series by Matthew Tischler (via Junkculture)

Image credits: Photographs by Matthew Tischler

  • Rick Bennett

    “Subjects and figures are broken apart and reconstructed in such a way
    that they are both integrated into their environments and isolated
    within them.”
    that’s a bunch of artsy fartsy nonsense

  • dan marker-moore

    Excellent Imagery… i really like this technique

  • Jonathan Maniago


    Well, not really. The concept does have some artistic potential, but I fail to see how the technique contributes to the quality of any of the images shown here. Perhaps it would have been a bit more interesting if he had the screen at an angle such that it gradually blurs out in the photo.

    One thing I would like to confirm is whether he deliberately had a screen with him to take the shots, or if the screens happened to be present in the area and he simply positioned himself for a set of unusual street photographs.

  • Bobby

    It’s crap. Artsy fartsy nonsense.

  • gabe sturdevant

    These are what I consider discards. I hope a lot of people agree.

  • MD

    I would be blown away if 3/4 of the people who read this site hadn’t already tried this. I know I’ve done it on several occasions, mostly in my first year of screwing around with photography.

    I’ve also seen photographers experiment with this technique in very interesting ways. This is not one of them. This is just Uta Barth through a door.

    I spent four years looking at this sort of nonsense in art school. Taking an idea that most people discard after a few tries and running with it for an entire series does not equal art. It just equals a photographer with a gimmick and a long attention span.

  • CX1

    I like both the artsy and fartsiness.

  • Skoduh

    Has anyone thought that just maybe, this might be surrealism? Although I do agree it’s quite gimmick-y, but there is an appeal to these images for me, and I’m sure there are others that would agree. Maplethorpe was floating in negative criticism about his portrayal of the American west, with many critics stating that he was just misusing his title of photographer and making pictures that did not truly classify the west, but nonetheless that doesn’t change that fact that they’re outstanding photographs, and I feel the same way about these.