Select publications and interviews

A Sky Full of Cameras

By Tomas van Houtryve (Text originally published by National Geographic on Aug. 15, 2014) For the past 15 years I’ve worked as a professional photojournalist, inspired by the camera’s ability to connect human beings, document news, and capture beauty. But there is a darker side to how photography is used in our world today. Cameras are increasingly deployed for surveillance, spying, or…  read more.

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Interview by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College

I was recently interviewed by Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel of the the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College about my Blue Sky Days drone project. The full transcript is posted below.   Center for the Study of the Drone First, could you describe to me what it is exactly that you did with the drone? Tomas van…  read more.

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100 Photos For Press Freedom by VII Photographers

  The latest volume of Reporters Without Borders’ 100 Photos for Press Freedom features my photos along with all my colleagues from the VII Photo agency. The collection, which will be published May 7, 2014, takes readers around the world through photos, from North Korea to Afghanistan to Cuba. It also features previously unpublished pieces by legendary US investigative reporter…  read more.

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Interview in WIRED: What Drone Attacks in America Would Look Like

An article by Pete Brook about my Blue Sky Days drone project is featured on WIRED. Below is a brief excerpt of the interview: If U.S. citizens knew how it felt to be targeted by deadly flying robots, it might shape domestic attitudes toward the Obama administration’s drone program. Artist Tomas Van Houtryve is using video and photography to foster that…  read more.

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TV Interview: Blue Sky Days on MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner

A live television interview about my Blue Sky Days drone photo project and the corresponding publication in Harper’s Magazine appeared on NOW with Alex Wagner on MSNBC on March 21. I was questioned about the long-running covert U.S. drone war overseas, the proliferation of U.S. government-operated drones over domestic airspace, and the ease of obtaining small civilian drones.

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Blue Sky Days: The largest photo essay published in Harper’s Magazine’s 164-year history

My project Blue Sky Days, which reveals a drone’s-eye view of America, is the longest photo story which has ever run in Harper’s Magazine since they started publishing in 1850. The April issue features a 16-page spread of black and white aerial images. The article’s introduction text, written by Anthony Lydgate, is posted below. A subscription is required to access…  read more.

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Publication: NBC News, North Korea Escapees Break Silence

  NBC News published my portraits and in-depth interviews of four individuals who have escaped from North Korea. Excerpts of the full article are below. . . .   Shin Dong-hyuk’s story is unique. He is the only North Korean known to have escaped alive after being born and brought up inside an internment camp. Shin doesn’t know why his…  read more.

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Publication: National Geographic NL, Half Belgium

National Geographic magazine’s Dutch language edition published a 23-page feature of my photos and writing about Belgium’s language boarder in the September 2013 print issue. View Gallery

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Publication: Harper’s, Shenzhen, Instant City

Harper’s magazine published a spread of photos from Shenzhen, China accompanying the article “Instant City” by Nicolai Ouroussoff in the June 2013 print issue. View Gallery

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