Mishka Henner is a photographer and artist living and working in Manchester, England. He operates in the genres of social documentary and appropriation art and embraces the self-published artist’s book as a means of transmitting his work. His works have been published and commissioned by international print media including Der Spiegel, the Independent, and the Telegraph Magazine and his artist’s book, Winning Mentality was acquired by the Tate Gallery in 2010. His editorial work is represented by Panos Pictures and he is a member of the ABC Artists Book Cooperative.
About this project, he writes: ‘No Man’s Land explores the margins of urban and rural environments in Europe as experienced by what appear to be women soliciting sex, all captured by Google Street View cameras. Sourcing locations from online where men share local knowledge on the whereabouts of sex workers, these areas were then visited online and re-framed using the Street View cameras.
‘The Street View project heralds a new age of street-level cartography, offering a vast visual archive ready to be mined by photographers seeking to make sense of our physical and social environment. Significantly, it combines three key features of our age: the dominance of the car, the accessibility of the internet, and the ubiquity of camera technology. Roaming the world capturing millions of images indexed only according to location, the unauthored and mechanical function of Street View challenges a vocabulary and grammar of documentary photography often tied to notions of authorship, authenticity and technical craft. In navigating between online communities and the visual records on offer, Henner describes himself as an aggregator of sorts, finding the visual means with which to represent a number of cultural and social issues revealed by the technology’.