I was invited by the VII Interactive Book Club to discuss my Lines and Lineage book with Sally Martin Katz of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The conversation was originally streamed live online on 3 May 2020. We discussed the inspiration and key message of the book, the 19th-century process employed, and the place of the work… read more.
I’ll be speaking about my latest book, Lines and Lineage, as part of the weekly VII Interactive Book Club. To access this free live event, you can visit the VII Facebook video stream page on May 3rd, 2020 at 18:00 CET / 12:00noon EDT or you can subscribe to the VII mailing list to receive an invitation to the Zoom call.
The book takes aim at America’s collective amnesia of history. The work addresses the missing photographic record of the period when Mexico ruled what we now know as the American West. To visualize the people and places from the remarkable yet unseen Mexican era, I chose to photograph the region with glass plates and a 19th-century wooden camera. Portraits of direct descendants of early inhabitants of the West—mestizo, Afro-Latin, indigenous, Crypto-Jewish—are paired in diptychs with photographs of landscapes along the original border and architecture from the Mexican period. Lines and Lineage also includes historic maps and essays.
This book lifts the pervasive fog of dominant Western mythology and makes us question the role that photographs—both present and missing—have played in shaping the identity of the West. Lines and Lineage was awarded France’s prestigious Roger Pic Prize and was selected as a finalist for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. The work was profiled by The New York Times, in Photograph Magazine, and in HyperAllergic. It was published as a monograph by Radius Books in autumn 2019.
Leica Akademie France is hosting online conferences with photographers during the “stay at home” period of the coronavirus outbreak. I was invited to participate on 23 April 2020. In this recording of the French language video-conference, I share my early career path and my methodology for approaching photography projects. You can see more online conferences hosted by Leica France… read more.
Leica France has invited me to give an online Artist Talk on Thursday, 23 April at 18:00 (6:00pm CET). The video-conference presentation and Q&A session will be in French. Sign up details below (en français). En cette période difficile, pendant laquelle le seul moyen de moyen de communication et d’échange n’est que “virtuel”, Leica Camera France vous propose des rendez-vous… read more.
The Smithsonian Magazine published my photo series on the 19th century invention of hiking by Claude-François Denecourt in the May 2020 issue. I used my vintage collodion camera and glass plates to make the images in the forest of Fontainebleau. The text by Elaine Sciolino is copied below. SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE | May 2020 The magic of the forest revealed itself… read more.
The New Yorker featured video that I filmed on the streets of Paris, France in late March 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The French magazine, Fisheye, reviewed and featured my Lines and Lineage book in their February 2020 issue. The web version of the article, written by Michaël Naulin, is copied below in the original French: L’album manquant de l’histoire américaine “Le projet Lines and Lineage de Tomas van Houtryve illustre à travers des portraits de descendants une période méconnue de… read more.
Renowned visual artist Renate Aller selected Lines and Lineage as her Favorite Photo Book of 2019. Her endorsement can be found on PHOTO-EYE and is copied below: In his exceptionally beautifully printed book, Lines and Lineage, Tomas van Houtryve recontextualizes and corrects the narratives and mythologies of the Far West as they had been mis-presented in the American awareness… read more.
I’ll be leading a nocturnal Photo Walk in the Saint Germain des Près neighborhood of Paris in partnership with Leica France on Friday, December 13th from 6:30 pm until midnight. The walk is limited to a maximum of eight participants. The full description in French is below: Informations : “Promenade nocturne dans Saint Germain des Près avec Tomas Van Houtryve”… read more.