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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.

Leica Akademie Workshop in Tuscany, Unlocking Inspiration

    Leica Akademie Workshop –  Unlocking Inspiration July 18 – 19, 2015 Tuition: 300 Euros Maximum enrollment: 12 I’m teaming up with Leica Akademie Italy and the Cortona on the Move Festival to teach a workshop on how to reach your full potential by unlocking inspiration. The two-day session in Tuscany is limited to 12 people, and each participant…  read more.

Blue Sky Days video and interview for the ICP Infinity Awards

(Video originally shown at the ICP Infinity Awards on March 30, 2015) Part of the Blue Sky Days drone project. Photography and video by Tomas van Houtryve Directed by Brian Storm Edited by Time McLaughlin Interview filmed by Andrew Ellis Motion Graphics by Joe Fuller

Panel Talk

Talk and Book Signing at ICP in New York

Wednesday, May 6 2015

• Book signing 5:00 to 6:00 PM

• Panel Discussion 7:00 to 9:00 PM

ICP School Shooting Studio
1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY

Join 2015 Infinity Award recipient Tomas van Houtryve for a signing of his book Behind the Curtains of 21st Century Communism, followed by the panel discussion:

Rise of the Drones, Privacy, Power, and Storytelling

Unmanned aerial vehicles have become widely available, and they trigger strong reactions, not only from the citizenry but also from the authorities. Our acceptance of the camera is shifting as we reassess the boundaries between documentation and surveillance and balance questions of privacy, security, and civil process.

Stephen Mayes will moderate this panel exploring the practical and emotional place of drones in the modern world with the speakers Tomas Van Houtryve, E. Adam Attia a.k.a. ESSAM, and Brandon LaGanke and John Carlucci from GHOST+COW.

Free event, registration required »

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