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Group show

Lines and Lineage at SFC in San Francisco

Lines and Lineage will be on display in the context of the CatchLight Fellowship exhibition from 3 May to 30 June, 2018.

SF Camerawork
1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

Artist Talk on Friday May 4th, 2018 – 7:30pm
Moderated by Sally Katz of SFMOMA

Palo Alto Photography Forum
Mitchell Park Community Center
Palo Alto, CA
United States

About Lines and Lineage

We often forget that the boundary between the United States and Mexico was not always where it is today. It used to be seven hundred miles farther north, following what is now the state line between Oregon and California and running east to Wyoming before zagging southeast to Louisiana. Originally home to the indigenous peoples of the region, much of this land was Spanish and then Mexican territory for centuries before becoming what we now think of as the American West.

Spanish colonists and missionaries settled here beginning in 1598. In 1821, Mexico won independence from Spain, and by the middle of the century, it was in some ways far more advanced than its neighbor to the northeast. It abolished slavery shortly after independence; black Mexicans soon gained prominent positions, and indigenous people were given the right to vote. All this came to an end in 1848, when the United States seized half of Mexico’s land and created the border that we know today.

The well-known visual record of the American West—dominated by photos of cowboys and white settlers, the Gold Rush and the arrival of the railroads—was created after 1848. Images from the Mexican era, on the other hand, were never fixed in our memory: Mexican administration ended before photographic technology, revealed in Paris in 1839, arrived in the region. Using glass plates and a nineteenth-century camera to photograph landscapes along the original border and create portraits of descendants of early inhabitants, this project imagines what that history might look like.

The CatchLight Fellowship is in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Publication: Lines and Lineage in Harper’s Magazine

Harper’s Magazine features my latest project, Lines and Lineage, as a 12-page spread in the February 2018 issue. A subscription is required to view the entire feature online. The project was realized with a CatchLight Fellowship in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. My introduction text is copied below. We often forget that the boundary between the United States and Mexico…  read more.

Group show

Blue Sky Days at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts Brussels

Blue Sky Days will be on display at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels with large format gelatin-silver prints as part of the Watching You, Watching Me group exhibition from Jan. 25 to Feb. 18, 2018.

 

BOZAR, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23
1000 Brussel
Belgium

 

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 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.

 

About Watching You, Watching Me

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? As governments and corporations around the world expand their efforts to track the communications and activities of millions of people, this not only threatens our right to privacy, but also opens the door for information to be collected and used in ways that are repressive, discriminatory, and chill freedom of speech and expression.

It is in this context of massive information gathering that Watching You, Watching Me – the 22nd installment of the Open Society Foundations’ Moving Walls exhibition – explores how photography can be both an instrument of surveillance and a tool to expose and challenge its negative impact. In tackling the inherent difficulty of visualizing something that is meant to be both omnipresent and covert – seemingly everywhere and nowhere at the same time – the artists in this exhibition employ a dynamic range of approaches. Together, these 10 artists provide a satellite-to-street view of the ways in which surveillance culture blurs the boundaries between the private and public realm. These projects raise important and provocative questions about the role of privacy in preserving our basic freedoms and rights.

Watching You, Watching Me: A Photographic Response to Surveillance is curated by Stuart Alexander, Susan Meiselas, and Yukiko Yamagata.

 


Praise for Blue Sky Days

 

Blue Sky Days is one of the most important photo essays done in the last few years. It tackles issues that are very difficult to photograph but central to modern existence — privacy, government intrusion and modern antiseptic warfare.

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- James Estrin, Editor of the The New York Times LENS blog

With simple, vivid means, Houtryve brings the war home.”

– Teju Cole, Photography critic for The New York Times Magazine

Conceptual in nature, grounded in metaphor, and presented in gorgeous black and white, his series Blue Sky Days sure looks like art.

–  Jordan G. Teicher, critic for Photograph Magazine


Honors for Blue Sky Days

•  ICP Infinity Award
•  World Press Photo, Second Prize
•  Photographic Museum of Humanity, First Prize
•  TIME’s Top 10 Photos of 2014
•  Aaron Siskind Fellowship Grant
•  Pulitzer Center Grant
•  Getty Grant

 

 

Podcast Interview: Blue Sky Days Solo Show at Vartai Gallery in Vilnius and Thoughts on Social Media and Photography

In a 40 minute podcast interview with Berta Tilmantaitė of Nanook, I spoke about my motivation and approach for the Blue Sky Days project that is currently on exhibition at Vartai contemporary art gallery in Vilnius, Lithuania. We also discussed the place of social media and photojournalism in our shifting media landscape, and how my Traces of Exile project helps reframe…  read more.

30 of 30 Eddie Adams Workshop

I’m please to have been selected as one of the 30 of 30 of the Eddie Adams Workshop. For the past 30 years, 100 emerging photographers have been nominated each year to attend the Eddie Adams Workshop and get coaching from key figures in the industry. To mark the anniversary, the organizers selected 30 accomplished alumni from amongst the past…  read more.

Hasselblad Foundation Research and Development Award

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been selected for an award from the Hasselblad Foundation. The Hasselblad Foundation has partnered with the Valand Academy for the Drone Vision project and honored five photo-based artists with a research and development award. This award is part of a broader research project, led by Dr Sarah Tuck, exploring the affects and implications of drone…  read more.

Solo show

Blue Sky Days at Galerija Vartai in Vilnius

 

Blue Sky Days gallery exhibition 7 Sept. to 14 Oct. 2017

 

Galerija Vartai
Vilniaus g. 39
Vilnius
Lithuania
galerija@galerijavartai.lt
tel. +370.5.212.2949

 

Starting in 2013, I traveled across America to aerially photograph the kind of gatherings that have become habitual targets for drone strikes abroad — including weddings, funerals, and groups of people praying or exercising. I also flew my camera over settings where government surveillance drones have been used domestically.

In October 2012, a drone strike in northeast Pakistan killed a 67-year-old woman picking okra outside her home. At a U.S. Congressional hearing held in Washington in October 2013, the woman’s 13-year-old grandson, Zubair Rehman, spoke to a group of 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.”

The images captured from the drone’s perspective engage with the changing nature of surveillance, personal privacy, and war.

The production of Blue Sky Days was supported with grants from the Pulitzer Center, and was first published by Harper’s magazine as a 16-page spread, the largest photo essay in the magazine’s 166-year history.

 


Praise for Blue Sky Days

 

Blue Sky Days is one of the most important photo essays done in the last few years. It tackles issues that are very difficult to photograph but central to modern existence — privacy, government intrusion and modern antiseptic warfare.

 

- James Estrin, Editor of the The New York Times LENS blog

With simple, vivid means, Houtryve brings the war home.”

– Teju Cole, Photography critic for The New York Times Magazine

Conceptual in nature, grounded in metaphor, and presented in gorgeous black and white, his series Blue Sky Days sure looks like art.

–  Jordan G. Teicher, critic for Photograph Magazine


Honors for Blue Sky Days

•  ICP Infinity Award
•  World Press Photo, Second Prize
•  Photographic Museum of Humanity, First Prize
•  TIME’s Top 10 Photos of 2014
•  Aaron Siskind Fellowship Grant
•  Pulitzer Center Grant
•  Getty Grant

Workshop: Paris in the Age of Instagram, June 10, 2017

  One-day practical workshop, ‘Paris in the Age of Instagram’ Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 10am to 6pm. How can you take an original photograph in what is arguably one of the most photographed cities in the world? I’ll help you find your photographic voice and push your creative limits. I’ll challenge you to unlock your inspiration when taking photographs…  read more.

CatchLight Fellowship announcement

I’m pleased to announced that I have been selected for an inaugural CatchLight Fellowship in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. Below is the official announcement: More than 300 photographers from around the world applied for the first annual CatchLight Fellowship and three have been chosen for their exceptional talent in visual storytelling for social engagement, innovative distribution of photography, creative…  read more.

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