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Smithsonian feature: The Scars of World War I

One hundred years after the end of the First World War, I retraced the Western Front and examined how the conflict had touched my family. My journal and personal family photos were published as a mulltimedia feature by the Smithsonian to mark the centennial of the November 11, 1918 armistice. The travelogue is copied below.   I. Inspiration   I…  read more.


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Smithsonian Publication: Is All Still Quiet on the Western Front?

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, the Smithsonian Magazine published my photographs of the Western Front in the October issue with an comprehensive article written by William Vollmann. A selection of my images can be seen below. The colour photos were taken with a Leica M, and the black and white photos were taken with a large-format…  read more.


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Artsy features Divided and Implied Lines works about the border

Artsy, the premier online platform for art collectors, features my Divided video installation and Implied Lines drone prints of the Mexico-U.S. border in an article titled 10 Photographers Who Have Told the Story of the U.S.–Mexico Border by Jacqui Palumbo. Leading with my Divided video, the article also explores the works of established artists Richard Misrach, Dorothea Lange and Alex Webb. An…  read more.


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Review: Hyperallergic on Lines and Lineage

Zachary Small, staff writer at Hyperallergic reviewed my Lines and Lineage exhibition, part of the Focal Points show at Photoville 2018 that includes work by the other 2017 CatchLight Fellows, Sarah Blesener and Brian L. Frank. The exhibition was curated by Sam Barzilay and Jenny Jacklin Stratton. The full review can be read on Hyperallergic and is copied below.  …  read more.


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Publication: Over the Line in TIME, a drone’s-eye view of the border in the age of Trump

In its most ambitious use of drone imagery to date, TIME published my series of aerial photographs above the Mexico-U.S. border as the lead photo essay of it’s special report on the Drone Age. The new photos update my Blue Sky Days series, visualising the U.S. government’s use of drones in the time of Trump. Below is the original, unedited introduction…  read more.


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LENSCRATCH features trio of border works: Divided, Lines & Lineage, and Implied Lines

  Aline Smithson, founder of LENSCRATCH, featured my trio of works on the Mexico-U.S. border to mark my selection as the First Place Winner of the Producer’s Choice Award from CENTER Santa Fe. Her post is copied below: . . . Congratulations to Tomas van Houtryve for his First Place win for the CENTER’s 2018 Producer’s Choice Award for his…  read more.


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Review: KQED Arts, Lines and Lineage

Sarah Hotchkiss, the Visual Arts Editor  of KQED, reviewed the Lines and Lineage exhibition at SF Camerawork in San Francisco, part of the inaugural CatchLight Fellowship show that includes work by Sarah Blesener and Brian L. Frank. The exhibition is open through 27 June, 2018. An extract of the review is posted below. “…Van Houtryve’s Lines and Lineage is based on the…  read more.


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Interview: Lines and Lineage in The Six Fifty

Ahead of the opening of the Lines and Lineage exhibition at SF Camerawork on May 3rd in San Francisco and a May 4th talk at the Palo Alto Photo Forum, I spoke with Charles Russo of The Six Fifty about how this work takes aim at the “collective amnesia” of U.S. history. Interview copied below:   The American West has never been short on…  read more.


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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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