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Gregory Halpern Biography

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.

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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.

Gregory Halpern Featured Artworks

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Lincoln Continental, Omaha, NE by Gregory Halpern contemporary artwork photography
Gregory HalpernLincoln Continental, Omaha, NE, 2005–2018Digital chromogenic print
22 x 18 inches
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Starlings, Omaha, NE by Gregory Halpern contemporary artwork photography
Gregory HalpernStarlings, Omaha, NE, 2005–2018Digital chromogenic print
22 x 18 inches
Huxley-Parlour Contact Gallery
Dog on Hill (Sunrise), Omaha, NE by Gregory Halpern contemporary artwork photography
Gregory HalpernDog on Hill (Sunrise), Omaha, NE, 2005–2018Digital chromogenic print
18 x 22 inches
Huxley-Parlour Contact Gallery
Omaha, NE (Pigeon in Snow) by Gregory Halpern contemporary artwork photography
Gregory HalpernOmaha, NE (Pigeon in Snow), 2005–2018Digital chromogenic print
18 x 22 inches
Huxley-Parlour Contact Gallery
Hooper, NE by Gregory Halpern contemporary artwork photography
Gregory HalpernHooper, NE, 2005–2018Digital chromogenic print
18 x 22 inches
Huxley-Parlour Contact Gallery
Card Game, Nebraska, Correctional Youth Facility, Omaha, NE by Gregory Halpern contemporary artwork photography
Gregory HalpernCard Game, Nebraska, Correctional Youth Facility, Omaha, NE, 2005–2018Digital chromogenic print
18 x 22 inches
Huxley-Parlour Contact Gallery
Omaha, NE, (Sun Through Willows) by Gregory Halpern contemporary artwork photography
Gregory HalpernOmaha, NE, (Sun Through Willows), 2005–2018Digital chromogenic print
22 x 18 inches
Huxley-Parlour Contact Gallery
Road in Snow by Gregory Halpern contemporary artwork photography
Gregory HalpernRoad in Snow, 2005–2018Digital chromogenic print
22 x 18 inches
Huxley-Parlour Contact Gallery

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