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NYC artist's photos of unknowing subjects raise privacy concerns

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A visitor views the photography of Arne Svenson at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York on May 16, 2013.

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A detail from a photograph by Arne Svenson on show at the Julie Saul Gallery.

A gallery exhibit in New York City showing photographs secretly taken by artist Arne Svenson of his neighbors in their homes  has many questioning whether it's artistic or an invasion of privacy. NBC's Mara Schiavocampo reports.

To the well-known photographer who shot them with a telephoto lens, the pictures of people going about their daily lives in the building across the street constitute art.

To the residents of a Manhattan apartment complex who now find those personal images of themselves on display and for sale at a local art gallery, it’s invasion of privacy.

Artist Arne Svenson took the pictures through the open windows of the apartment across the street in Tribeca, unbeknownst to the residents being photographed. The snapshots capture intimate moments like people putting a sleeping child to bed or taking a nap. The apartment-dwellers are outraged after seeing the photos being sold for as much as $8,000 each in an exhibit at a Chelsea galleryRead the full story.

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A modern luxury glass apartment building, left, sits across the street from an older red brick apartment, the home of photographer Arne Svenson, in New York.

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Arne Svenson's exhibition 'The Neighbors' runs at the Julie Saul Gallery until June 29.