Select publications and interviews
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.
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.
(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
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.
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.
The New York Times featured my Blue Sky Days drone project in October, 2014. The article was written by Rena Silverman, who regularly writes about photography for the Times, National Geographic and other publications: Tomas van Houtryve was reading about the thousands of combatant and civilian deaths from United States military drone strikes when he wondered what the aftermath… read more.
(Video originally published by National Geographic on Aug. 15, 2014) Part of the Blue Sky Days drone project. Video and Narration by Tomas van Houtryve Music by Baksa Tibor Edited by Janna Dotschkal / National Geographic
By Tomas van Houtryve (Text originally published by National Geographic on Aug. 15, 2014) For the past 15 years I’ve worked as a professional photojournalist, inspired by the camera’s ability to connect human beings, document news, and capture beauty. But there is a darker side to how photography is used in our world today. Cameras are increasingly deployed for surveillance, spying, or… read more.
I was recently interviewed by Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel of the the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College about my Blue Sky Days drone project. The full transcript is posted below. Center for the Study of the Drone First, could you describe to me what it is exactly that you did with the drone? Tomas van… read more.