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Non-Candid Photographs of Strangers in Non-Place Places

“Non-lieux,” or “non-place,” is a term coined by French anthropologist Marc AugĂ© in a 1995 book titled, Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity. It refers to places that lack history and tradition, places that people pass through, places that are solely meant for transactions, places where people are largely anonymous faces, and places that aren’t significant enough to be considered “places.”

Since 2007, photographer Benoit Paillé has been going to these non-place places, talking to random strangers, and asking them to pose for a portrait.
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