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.

Pulitzer Center exhibition
Book partnership with IRC
International Crisis Group annual report


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.

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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.

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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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Radio interview: Blue Sky Days and Traces of Exile on WFDD NPR affiliate

  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.

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Blue Sky Days video and interview for the ICP Infinity Awards

(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

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ICP Infinity Award, Pictures of the Year and other honors for Blue Sky Days drone project

  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.

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Leica Akademie Workshop in Milan, Unlocking Inspiration

  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.

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Aaron Siskind Fellowship and Pulitzer Center Grant for Blue Sky Days drone project

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.

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Blue Sky Days in the fall 2014 Moving Walls exhibition in New York

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.

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