(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
Wednesday, May 6 2015
ICP School Shooting Studio
1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY
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.
The Blue Sky Days project, which reveals a drone’s-eye view of America, recently received several top honors including: • ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism • World Press Photo, Second Prize Contemporary Issues • Photographic Museum of Humanity 2015 Grant, First Prize • Pictures of the Year International, Award of Excellence Issue Reporting • White House News Photographers Association, First Prize… read more.
Artist talk 29 April, 2015
Petit Robert Central
101 Arch Street
(Entrance: 34 Summer St.)
Boston, MA 02110
Flash Forward Boston presents an evening talk by Tomas van Houtryve on the rise of drone technology and how it is changing the nature of privacy, warfare and photography. Tomas’ Blue Sky Days project became the longest photo essay published in Harper’s Magazine’s 165-year history. Join Tomas for a conversation about drones, war and privacy.
Drents Museum exhibition 3 April to 30 August, 2015
9401 HS Assen
MoCP Chicago exhibition 23 July to 4 October, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, has been called the Hermit Kingdom, as it is one of the most reclusive states in the world. North Korea’s citizens are not allowed to travel abroad, there is no Internet connection to the outside world, and the flow of information is almost completely controlled by the government.
This exhibition is divided into two main sections: one showing the government’s official version of North Korea, while the other offers the alternative view of the country. Government propaganda images and images made by tourists on state-controlled tours will offer an official view. These will be juxtaposed with an uncensored stream of images coming out of the country, including photographs produced by foreign photographers inside North Korea Tomas van Houtryve and David Guttenfelder. North Korean Perspectives is organized by Europe-based independent curator Marc Prüst.
Exhibition from 12 March to 30 April, 2015
Gallery open Saturday through Thursday
10:00am – 3:00pm and 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
or by appointment
East Wing Gallery
12 Limestone House
United Arab Emirates
Surveillance.02, an exhibition of interdisciplinary artists whose practice incorporates camera, satellite, and drone to critique corporate and state surveillance, and energy production. Fueled by anxiety, anger, and humor, these artists document the various consequences of surveillance, and remix their findings as commentary. The featured works challenge the fluid notion of privacy, expose humanity’s permanent impact on the environment, and point to the major tangles at the center of it all: individual vs. type, convenience vs. security.
The presented works are Blue Sky Days by Tomas Van Houtryve, Hidden Wounds by Massimo Berruti, Shtik Fleisch Mit Tzvei Eigen by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Dulce et Decorum Est: Virtue Unmann’d by Edmund Clark, Deposit by Yann Mingard, Land Marks by Jenny Odell, and World Brain by Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon.
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About Blue Sky Days
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 gray skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are gray.”
Over the past decade, drones have become the preferred weapon of the United States military and the CIA for strikes overseas. Their use for surveillance and commercial purposes is also rapidly expanding at home and abroad.
Tomas van Houtryve attached his camera to a small drone and travelled across America to photograph the very sorts of gatherings that have become habitual targets for foreign air strikes—weddings, funerals, groups of people praying or exercising. He also flew his camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, industrial feedlots, and stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border. The images captured from the drone’s perspective engage with the changing nature of war, privacy, and government transparency.
TIME Magazine published a 10-page spread of my Blue Sky Days drone project in their Dec. 29, 2014 issue. The work is also viewable on TIME.com as a 15-image slideshow. The photo essay was edited by Myles Little, and the accompanying text was written by TIME’s book critic and lead technology writer, Lev Grossman: When a drone looks at a… read more.
Leica Akademie Workshop – Unlocking Inspiration Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2015 Tuition: 290 Euros Maximum enrollment: 10 I’m teaming up with Leica Akademie Italy to teach a workshop on how to reach your full potential by unlocking inspiration. The two-day session in Milan is limited to 10 people, and each participant will be given the opportunity to work… read more.
On Friday, I saw a preview of the Watching You, Watching Me group exhibition at the Open Society Foundations in New York City. The show features my Blue Sky Days drone project and nine other visual artists around the theme of surveillance. The show opens to the public on Tuesday Nov. 4 and will be visible though May 8, 2015. Leading up… read more.