London-based visual artist Max Siedentopf pushes the boundaries of passport photography in his series, “Passport Photos.”
Siedentopf pokes fun at restrictive passport-photo rules by setting up fake scenarios outside of the frame as people have their ID picture taken.
Although the cropped portraits in Siedentopf’s series fit passport-photo requirements, the zoomed-out pictures reveal bizarre and chaotic scenarios taking place.
The result is a series of hilarious images. One participant, for example, was taped to the wall during his photo shoot.
The cover of “Passport Photos” by Max Siedentopf.
Courtesy of Max Siedentopf
Most passport photo regulations require that subjects must directly face the camera, have a plain facial expression with a closed mouth, and stand in front of a plain, light-colored background. Through his project,Siedentopfexplored these rigid rules and and looked for ways to make the process of taking a passport photo more unique.
“The regulations are so strict, it seems almost impossible for any kind of self-expression,” he told Insider.