Presentation

Todd Hido is a San Francisco Bay-Area based photo artist most recognised for his night photographs depicting deserted suburbs and roadsides. He draws much of his inspiration from the past and seems to recall random snapshots from his childhood and the atmosphere of the American suburbs where he grew up. In the series "House Hunting", Hido has photographed the insides of empty, tractstyle homes and the outsides of similar houses whose glowing window-panes signal their habitation. Seldom has suburbia looked spookier and more forlorn. The portraits of women posing in desolate rooms give off the impression of rootlessness, isolation, desertion, loss and of inevitable end. We do not learn the names of the women or venues. The images could have been taken anywhere in the world and at any point in time. His new photographies, brought together in a book called "Road Divided", in which the artist again focuses his attention on the American landscape. Driving lonely roads on the outskirts of cities, Hido creates poignant images filled with inexplicable gravity, cinematic scenes of places that somehow exist in our collective memory. In these new pictures, Hido demonstrates his fluidity within the daytime realm, putting aside the harder edge that characterizes his night work by photographing through veils of rain or ice. Delicately, potently, embracing the beauty of the pictorial, Hido's new pictures present an image plane that is often fully disintegrated, recalling impressionist painting. With an unquestionably modern effect, he often frames the compositions from inside his car, photographing straight through the windshield, using it as an additional lens and bringing a sense of timing and moment to these stationary scenes.

Agenda

10.11.2016 - 11.11.2016

16.11.2012 - 06.01.2013

Biography

Born in 1968, Kent, Ohio, USA.


EDUCATION

1996
- M.F.A., California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, USA

1991-1992
- Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA

1991
- B.F.A., Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA
- School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA


SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018
- Carte Blanche Olympus, Arles, France
- In the Vicinity of Narrative, MBAL, Le Locle, Switzerland
- Twelve Portraits, La Galerie Particulière, Brussels, Belgium

2016
- La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France
- Casemore/Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

2015
- Solo booth, PhotoLondon, London, La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France
- Todd Hido: Selection from a Survey: Khyrstyna’s World, Alex Daniels Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Todd Hido: Selections from a Survey, Casemore/Kirkeby Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
- Drive By Shooting, Kunstverein Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany

2014
- Solo booth, Paris Photo, La Galerie Particuliere, Paris, France
- Songs from the Heart, Museum of the Image, Breda, Netherlands
- Todd Hido – Survey, Kaune, Posnik, Spohr, Koln, Germany
- Photobook Study: Excerpts from Silver Meadows, The PhotoBook Museum, Koln, Germany
- Todd Hido: Excerpts from Silver Meadows, The Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, Massachusettes, USA
- Excerpts from Silver Meadows, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, New York, USA

2013
- Excerpts from Silver Meadows, Transformer Station, The Bidwell Foundation, Cleveland, USA
- Excerpts from Silver Meadows, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA
- Excerpts from Silver Meadows, Kaune, Posnik, Spohr, Cologne, Germany
- Todd Hido, Post, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

2012
- I Drive, La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France
- I Drive, Silencio, Paris, France
- Excerpts from Silver Meadows, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

2011
- Excerpts from Silver Meadows, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
- Fragmented Narratives, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010
- Househunting / Nudes, Kaune Sudendorf, Cologne, Germany


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2016
- Collected, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, California, USA
- The New Portrait, Stieglitz19, Antwerp, Belgium

2015
- The Open Road: Photographs and the American Road Trip,” Aperture, traveling exhibition 6/15-1/19
- Aperture: Photographs, Avenue of the Americas Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- The Perfect Measure, Micamera, Milan, Italy

2014
- Hindsight, VI Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Home Economics, Hudson Guild Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- The Armory Show, New York, NY, USA

2013
-  And Now It’s Dark: American Night Photography, University of Nottingham, England
- Edward Hopper and Photography, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
- Private Eye: Allen G. Thomas Jr. Photography Collection, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, USA
- The Beauty of Darkness, Reflex Galerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Unknown: Pictures of Strangers, Transformer Station, Cleveland, OH, USA
- Hindsight, VI Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Home Economics, Hudson Guild Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- The Armory Show, New York, NY, USA
- Space, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UtT, USA

2012
- Art Paris, Grand Palais, La Galerie Particulière, Paris
- America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
- Balls Deep, 31 Rausch Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
- About Face, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA, USA

2011
- Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, USA
- Idyll, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
- Here, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA, USA
- Alec Soth’s Lonely Boy Magazine, Harper’s Books, East Hampton, New York, NY, USA
- American Psyche: A Generation in Contemporary Photography, Religare Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
- California Continued: New Approaches in West Coast Photography, Smith Andersen North Gallery, San Anselmo, CA, USA
- 101 Collection Route 2: Undisclosed Destination, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA
- Dawn Till Dusk, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- LandsCApes: Glimpses of Everyday California, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA, USA

2010
- Day & Night, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
- The View From Here, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, USA
- US Today After… Lyon Septembre de la Photographie, Lyon, France
- F/Stop, Tapetenwerk, Leipzig, Germany
- From The Collection, Pier 24, Pilira Foundation, San Francisco, CA, USA
- Do I Know You, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
- Family Stage, University of Denver, Denver, CO, USA
- Land Use Survey, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- State of Mind: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA, USA
- Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographics, Fotofest, Houston, TX, USA
- Know the Rules – Then Break Them, di Rosa Collection, Napa, CA, USA
- Projection 8 Desire, New York Photo Festival, New York, NY, USA
- Face to Face, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA
- Proof, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA


COLLECTIONS

Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio, USA
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Avampato Discovery Museum, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, West Virginia, USA
Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California, USA
Berman Collection, Los Angeles, California, USA
Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho, USA
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Foto Museo, Bogata, Columbia, USA
George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, USA
Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York, USA
Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Heiting Collection, Los Angeles, California, USA
Joy of Giving Something, Inc., New York, New York, USA
JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, New York, New York, USA
Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, USA
Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
LaSalle Bank, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USA
Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Margulies Photography Collection, Miami, Florida, USA
Mellon Financial Corp., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Metropolitan Bank and Trust, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Microsoft Art Collection
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
National Museum of Film, Photography and TV, Bradford, England
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
The New York Public Library, New York, New York, USA
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California, USA
Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, California, USA
The Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, Ohio, USA
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, USA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, USA
SEI Investments, Oaks, Pennsylvania, USA
Sierra Great Basin Collection, Reno, Nevada, USA
The Toledo Art Museum, Toledo, Ohio, USA
The Transformer Station, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Yerba Buena Museum of Art, San Francisco, California, USA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, USA

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Talking to Todd Hido

 

Dazed Digital: What attracted you to suburbs in the first place?
Todd Hido: I definitely remember one day driving up a hill to a suburban neighborhood in the south of San Francisco and I found this completely fogbound neighborhood that very much reminded me of the place I grew up in Ohio. I started making pictures there that night and I've been visiting the suburbs ever since. That was about 15 years ago.
 
DD: There is a very unsettling atmosphere throughout your photography, is this always intentional and why do you choose to shoot such sinister shots? Are you a moody guy ?
Todd Hido: I'm actually not a moody guy at all! But I can clearly see that my work is. I guess I'm attracted to that cinematic feeling where something's about to happen. Kind of like a pregnant moment. I'm very much attracted to that kind of narrative element.
 
DD: Your work has a clear style - does anyone inspire or influence this?
Todd Hido: I am very much influenced by my past. I was a student of Larry Sultan's about 15 years ago and he remained a good friend until he passed away last year. He was a clear influence on my work and I think that the most important thing that Larry taught me was to draw from within, to use your own history as the basis for your art.
 
DD: The quality of your images is incredible, what camera and film do you prefer to shoot with?
Todd Hido: Thank you. I appreciate that. I have been using the same camera for the last 20 years, a Pentax 6 x 7 medium format camera, and I've been using Kodak Portra of 400NC film forever. One of the main reasons that my work looks the way it does is because I've printed in the darkroom myself. I'm still using all analog technology and I go to the darkroom a couple of times a week to print. This is a very important part of my process. In most of my work nothing is staged, I shoot like a documentarian, but I print like a painter, often my contact sheets look nothing like my final prints.
 
DD: Your latest work has been more portrait based, is this a change in direction? What's next?
Todd Hido: Yes and no. I have actually shot portraits as long as I've been shooting houses but more recently I've begun to combine the two as I find that I really like what happens when you put a person with a place. It tends to open the door wider for more complex storytelling. And yes, I definitely have been moving more in that direction lately working with blending photographs taken with an old snapshot camera from the 70s. It definitely adds another layer to the story.
 
DD: There is a definite movie-like feel to your images, as you present the viewer with open-ended scenes. Could you see yourself going into films?
Todd Hido: At this point I don't think so as I really like the singular challenge of making images one at a time and then combining them into a simple sequence. There is a really great quote the Lewis Baltz said that I think sums this up: "Photography is a profound corner that sits in between literature and film."

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Press

Art Paris a 20 ans

Art Paris a 20 ans

03.03.2018

Madame Figaro

Todd Hido

Todd Hido

19.04.2017

We Are Our Choices

L'Amerique par le pare-brise

L'Amerique par le pare-brise

05.11.2016

Liberation

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

28.10.2016

Grazia

Nuits Eclectiques

Nuits Eclectiques

02.03.2015

Fisheye

Paris Photo, plein la vue

Paris Photo, plein la vue

15.11.2014

Madame Figaro

Paris Photo, le choc des Amériques

Paris Photo, le choc des Amériques

13.11.2014

Le Figaro

In Paris, a photo spectacle

In Paris, a photo spectacle

12.11.2014

New York Times

ParisPhoto, La foire de tous les désirs

ParisPhoto, La foire de tous les désirs

01.11.2014

Beaux arts Magazine

Mois de la Photo

Mois de la Photo

01.11.2014

Images

La photo, star du mois de Novembre

La photo, star du mois de Novembre

31.10.2014

Le Journal des Arts

Todd Hido, les lieux communs de la mémoire

Todd Hido, les lieux communs de la mémoire

01.12.2013

D'A

Art Paris 2013

Art Paris 2013

19.03.2013

Palace Costes

Carnet de Route

Carnet de Route

22.12.2012

Madame Figaro

Todd Hido

Todd Hido

01.12.2012

Palace Costes

Todd Hido, dans l'univers de David Lynch

Todd Hido, dans l'univers de David Lynch

23.11.2012

Le Quotidien de l'Art

Todd Hido

Todd Hido

16.11.2012

De L'Air

Sur les routes de Todd Hido

Sur les routes de Todd Hido

10.11.2012

L'Express Styles

Le Mois de La Photo à Paris - Todd Hido

Le Mois de La Photo à Paris - Todd Hido

01.11.2012

Réponses Photo

Les nuits américaines de Todd Hido

Les nuits américaines de Todd Hido

01.11.2012

Connaissance des Arts

Portfolio

Portfolio

01.11.2012

TGV Magazine

Todd Hido

Todd Hido

01.11.2012

Time Out

Errances nocturnes

Errances nocturnes

01.11.2012

Images