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 advance of the US premiere of Far West, The Hidden History, I was interviewed by Chelsea Reidy, associate director of the Taos Center for the Arts. We spoke about the genesis for this documentary film and approaches to photography and documentary work in general. You can listen to the entire episode on Apple podcasts. The film will be screened… read more.
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.
The New York Times featured my Lines and Lineage series on April 3, 2019. The article written by Simon Romero, national correspondent for the Times, is copied below: What if Mexico Still Included California, Nevada and Texas? ALBUQUERQUE — Mention the border with Mexico these days and dystopian images might come to mind: Agents detaining children in a holding… read more.
On May 1st, 2018, I gave a 30-minute artist talk about Lines and Lineage at The New School in New York as part of the Magnum Foundation‘s Photography Expanded Symposium. The symposiums’s theme was counter-histories. During the my presentation, I explained how the existing visual record of the American West helped create the Western mythology of Anglo “pioneers” and… read more.
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.
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.
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.
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