Elisabeth Tonnard

The Man of the Crowd


Installation at Small World Books, Rochester, NY, 2008.

The Man of the Crowd is about observing and being observed in the urban crowd. It connects Edgar Allan Poe’s story ‘The Man of the Crowd’ to a chance occurrence photographed in a Parisian street. A series of 56 photographs shows an old man appearing and disappearing in a miscellaneous crowd of people drifting by. The photos are followed by experimental textworks that reprocess Poe’s story, exhibiting the story’s latent messages and providing intricate connections to the photoseries.

This work is made in an edition. For more information and images of the edition, see this page.

Inkjet print, full color. 76 single-sided sheets (12.7 x 17.8 cm).
Rochester, NY 2008.

See some more images here.


One of the text series from when the work was shown at ‘Made in NY’, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, New York, 2010.


Detail in ‘Elisabeth Tonnard Artists’ Books 2003-2014′ at the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, 2014

Written by Elisabeth Tonnard

February 20, 2018 at 4:42 pm