Stephen Slappe's book People I Used To Know began as a file of archived pictures on Slappe's computer desktop. Slappe archived these photos since 2005, pulling them from social networking websites. He has manipulated these photos with algorithmically generated patterns to erase the faces and skin and leave only kitchens, yards, living rooms, clothes and a bit of mystery. Stephen Slappe has paired these photos with short phrases that describe his memories of these people.
'The images and text in this book are an attempt at reclaiming mystery and subjectivity, recognizing that people I used to know have changed into other people but, just as importantly, my version of them is worth saving.' —Stephen Slappe