By partnering with institutions, I’ve been able to create work which raises awareness about social issues, human rights, and environmental destruction.
Some of my institutional partners give me up-front funding to create work. Other partnerships focus on getting the work to the public through exhibitions, books, and educational outreach.
A prime example is my partnership with the Pulitzer Center. They funded my travels along the D.M.Z. between North and South Korea. From the field, I posted blog dispatches to the Pulitzer Center website. Once my coverage was complete, an exhibition and public lectures were organized in Washington D.C. Accompanied by the Pulitzer Center’s education staff, I also travelled to sixteen schools along the East Coast to share my photos and experiences with students.
In a 40 minute interview with North Carolina NPR affiliate WFDD, I spoke about my two projects currently on show at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts (SECCA), Blue Sky Days and Traces of Exile.
(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
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.
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.
My Blue Sky Days drone project was awarded a fellowship grant from the Aaron Siskind Foundation. Determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges, recipients are chosen on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. In 2014, five photographers were awarded the grant out of 1,187 applicants. The other… read more.
I’m pleased to announce that my Blue Sky Days drone project will be part of the Open Society Foundation’s next Moving Walls exhibition in fall 2014. The show is called “Watching You, Watching Me,” and it will feature nine visual artists engaged with the theme of surveillance. The exhibition will be free and open to the public. November 4, 2014 to May… read more.
The latest volume of Reporters Without Borders’ 100 Photos for Press Freedom features my photos along with all my colleagues from the VII Photo agency. The collection, which will be published May 7, 2014, takes readers around the world through photos, from North Korea to Afghanistan to Cuba. It also features previously unpublished pieces by legendary US investigative reporter… read more.
I had the opportunity to deliver a presentation about the subject of my book, “Behind the Curtains of 21st Century Communism” at the 2012 Oslo Freedom Forum. The forum brings together an exceptional group of human rights icons, high-level dissidents, artists, journalists and activists (such as modern slavery abolitionists) for several days of talks and meetings. Below you’ll find the video of… read more.
Deciphering North Korea has never been an easy task, and with the recent rise of a secretive third-generation Kim family dictator, the quest seems more relevant than ever. As photographer, I’ve been fascinated with North Korea for years. I visited Pyongyang twice, but there was a limit of how much I could see or learn from the inside. Next, my… read more.