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Review: L’Oeil de la Photographie on Lines and Lineage

Corresponding with the solo exhibition of Lines and Lineage in Paris, L’Œil de la Photographie published a review of the work.  Copied below is the french version. Access the article in english here.   “Dans son dernier ouvrage, Tomas van Houtryve s’est fixé une tâche difficile: créer des photographies qui reflètent une période de l’histoire américaine qui n’existe pas. Il…  read more.


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CNN Publication: Paris after the smoke cleared

On April 15, 2019 a fire devastated the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. Images of the spire and roof engulfed in flames were transmitted around the world, showing a symbol of France and a repository of history at a dramatic moment of distress. On assignment for CNN, I photographed the city of Paris after the smoke cleared. The story and…  read more.


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The New York Times feature: Lines and Lineage

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.


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Review: Lines in Lineage in Photograph Magazine column by Elisabeth Biondi

Photograph Magazine featured a portfolio and review of my Lines and Lineage project in their January/February 2019 issue. The column was written by Elisabeth Biondi, independent curator and the former Visuals Editor of The New Yorker. The review is copied below, and the portfolio is available only in the print issue of Photograph:   “In his latest work, Tomas van…  read more.


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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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