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«In April 1981, at my request, my mother went to a detetctive agency. She hired them to follow me, to report my daily activities, and to proviede photographic evidence of my existence.» (Sophie Calle. Double Game. With the Participation of Paul Auster, London 1999)
In «The Shadow» she sets the detective's photographic account against her own observations: the observer becomes the observed. The viewer is the third witness. This search for her own identity fails to reveal a clear picture here, too. Sophie Calle's face does not appear in any of the pictures: her figure emerges like a shadow throughout the detective's photographs.