Gregory Halpern was born in 1977 and grew up in Buffalo, New York. Following his BA in History and Literature from Harvard University in 1999, Halpern received an MFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco in 2004.Read More
Halpern has published a number of photo books including A (2001), which showed life in post-industrial towns of the American Rust Belt, showing resilience in the face of harsh economic realities, and Harvard Works Because We Do (2003), a book of photographs and interviews that presents a portrait of the service staff of Harvard University.
In 2014, Halpern was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. The subsequent project, ZZYZX, was published as a photobook in 2016, and explores the landscape and people of Southern California. Named after an ‘unincorporated community’ in the Mojave desert, the project journeys from the eastern fringes of the state of California towards Los Angeles and, eventually, the Pacific. ZZYZX was awarded Photobook of the Year at the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards in 2016.
His latest project, Omaha Sketchbook, compiles photographs made in Omaha, Nebraska over the past 15 years. It presents a lyrical response to the American Heartland. The series is ultimately a meditation on America, on the men and boys who inhabit it, and on the mechanics of aggression, inadequacy, and power.
Further books by Hapern include the 2014 publication East of the Sun, West of the Moon, a collaboration with Ahndraya Parlato, and Confederate Moons, published in 2018. He also edited, with Jason Fulford, The Photographer’s Playbook: Over 250 Assignment and Ideas in 2014. Halpern became a Magnum nominee member in 2018. He is based in New York, and is currently professor of photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.
Text courtesy Huxley-Parlour.