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Watching You, Watching Me in Budapest, featuring Blue Sky Days

Group exhibition featuring Blue Sky Days, October 14 to December 9, 2015

Open Society Archives
Budapest
Hungary

What right do governments, corporations, and individuals have to collect and retain information on your daily communications? What tools—both today and in the past—have been used to monitor your activities? What are the immediate and far-reaching effects? These questions unite the ten bodies of work selected for the Moving Walls 22 exhibition “Watching You, Watching Me.”

This installment of OSF’s Moving Walls documentary photography series explores how photography has been used both as an instrument of surveillance and as a tool to document, expose, and challenge the impact of surveillance on civil liberties, human rights, and basic freedoms. Among the ten selected bodies of work, is Blue Sky Days.

TV Interview: Blue Sky Days on Télématin on France 2

A television interview with me on Télématin, France’s most-watched morning program, was broadcast on September 15 on the France 2 channel. The segment featured my Blue Sky Days project, which is part of the traveling World Press Photo exhibition. The photos are on display in the Azzedine Alaïa gallery in Paris through September 27.

TV and Radio Interviews: Blue Sky Days on France 24 and France Culture

Emission en français   Live television interviews about my Blue Sky Days drone photo project were broadcast on France 24 on September 4, 2015. The interview in French was conducted by Louise Dupont, and the English segment was lead by Eve Jackson.   We spoke about the rise of drones both in their military capacity and their growing popularity among law enforcement agencies. We also discussed the…  read more.

Solo show

Blue Sky Days in Bayeux, France

Blue Sky Days solo exhibition 5 to 11 October, 2015

Official opening 9 October at 12:30

Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre
Hotel du Doyen
Bayeux
France

In October 2012, a drone strike in northeast Pakistan killed a 67-year-old woman picking okra outside her house. At a briefing held in 2013 in Washington, DC, the woman’s 13-year-old grandson, Zubair Rehman, spoke to a group of five lawmakers. “I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman, who was injured by shrapnel in the attack. “In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey.”

With my camera attached to a small drone, I traveled across America to photograph the very sorts of gatherings that have become habitual targets for foreign air strikes—weddings, funerals and groups of people praying or exercising. I also flew my camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, and the US-Mexico border. The images captured from the drone’s perspective engage with the changing nature of surveillance, personal privacy and war.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art acquires two Blue Sky Days prints for their permanent collection

  The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has acquired two large-format (100cm x 66cm) limited-edition analogue prints from my Blue Sky Days drone project for their permanent collection.    Notable artists represented in the Nelson-Atkins photography collection in Kansas City, Missouri include such prominent 20th-century names as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Charles Sheeler, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Harry Callahan,…  read more.

Review: The New York Times Magazine, The Unquiet Sky by Teju Cole

The New York Times Magazine reviewed my Blue Sky Days drone project in their July 26, 2015 Sunday Magazine. The article, titled “The Unquiet Sky,” explores the beauty and menace of aerial photography. It was written by award-winning novelist and Times photography critic Teju Cole:   “…The slippage between the domestic and the threatening aspects of aerial surveillance is something the photographer Tomas van…  read more.

Group show

Blue Sky Days in 100 local exhibitions as part of World Press Photo

As a winner of the World Press Photo Award, the Blue Sky Days drone project will appear as part of 100 local WPP exhibitions around the globe.

 

Select show venues include:

• Amsterdam, 18 April to 5 July, 2015

• Berlin, 1 to 11 September, 2015

• Edinburgh, 22 July to 22 August, 2015

• Helsinki, 21 August to 12 September, 2015

• Istanbul, 12 August to 2 September, 2015

• Madrid, 11 September to 11 October, 2015

• Mexico City, 28 August to 27 September, 2015

• Paris, 4 to 27 September, 2015

• St. Petersburg, 26 September to 28 October, 2015

• Tokyo, 27 June to 9 August, 2015

 

See the full list of exhibition locations.

Since 2002, the US has used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) to collect intelligence and carry out airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The aircraft are guided via satellite by distant operators. The attacks have resulted in a large number of fatalities, including hundreds of civilians.

The photographer bought a small drone, fitted it with a camera, and flew it in the US over the sorts of gatherings that have become habitual targets for airstrikes abroad—weddings, funerals, groups of people praying or exercising. He also used it to photograph settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as oil fields, prisons, and the US-Mexico border.

Solo show

Blue Sky Days in Cortona Italy

Blue Sky Days solo exhibition 17 July to 27 September, 2015

Cortona On the Move Festival
Vecchio Ospedale
Via Giuseppe Maffei 24-26
52044 Cortona
Italy

According to strike reports compiled by investigative journalists, several thousand people has been killed by covert U.S. drone strikes since 2004. Although we live in the most media-connected age in history, the public has scant visual record of the drone war and its casualties. In response, I decided to attach my camera to a small drone and travel across America to photograph the very sorts of gatherings mentioned in strike reports from Pakistan and Yemen — weddings, funerals, groups of people praying or exercising. I also flew my camera over settings in which drones are used over America to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, and the U.S.-Mexico border. I aim to draw attention to the changing nature of personal privacy, surveillance, and contemporary warfare.

Sponsored by Leica Camera Italia.

(There will also be a Leica Akademie Workshop 18-19 July in Cortona with Tomas van Houtryve.)

Solo show

Blue Sky Days in Barcelona

Blue Sky Days solo exhibition 15 July to 6 September, 2015

Opening and artist talk 15 July at 19:00

Arts Santa Monica
La Rambla 7, 08002 Barcelona
Catalonia
Spain
Tel. +34 93 5671110

Open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 to 21:00. Open on Sundays and blank holidays, from 11:00 to 21:00.

In October 2012, a drone strike in northeast Pakistan killed a 67-year-old woman picking okra outside her house. At a briefing held in 2013 in Washington, DC, the woman’s 13-year-old grandson, Zubair Rehman, spoke to a group of five lawmakers. “I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman, who was injured by shrapnel in the attack. “In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey.”

With my camera attached to a small drone, I traveled across America to photograph the very sorts of gatherings that have become habitual targets for foreign air strikes—weddings, funerals and groups of people praying or exercising. I also flew my camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, and the US-Mexico border. The images captured from the drone’s perspective engage with the changing nature of surveillance, personal privacy and war.

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