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Todd Hido Biography

Todd Hido is an American photographer best known for his disquieting, documentarian imagery. Hido's portraits of people, places, and interiors use light, ambiguity and emptiness to access an instinctual narrative engagement residing in existential truths, fears and the familiarity of both place and perceptions of isolation.

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Todd Hido's Early Years

Hido was born in 1968 in Kent, Ohio, and grew up in a suburban neighbourhood surrounded by cornfields. His childhood and upbringing inform much of his subject matter, searching for the familiar imagery of stand-alone houses and the expansive suburban areas produced by the 1960s and 70s expansion of American city limits.

While Hido took photographs throughout his childhood, he credits his teenage years as the true start of his career, when he and his friends would document their endeavours as BMX bikers.

After taking a photography course in high school, he went on to a two-year degree programme at a technical school before pursuing his B.F.A. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. He followed a few years later with an M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he was mentored by well-known conceptual photographer Larry Sultan.

Homes at Night

Hido's most notable body of work is possibly his 'Homes at Night' series (1996–2014). Shot over a decade in a single San Francisco neighbourhood, Hido spent years driving the streets in his car, looking for homes that had one, two, or a sparse few windows lit from within. Using a long exposure, he describes his process as shooting like a documentarian, printing like a painter. The un-staged, unaltered, empty imagery shrouded in the city's rising fog produced haunting, cool scenes that invite inquiry into the private lives of the invisible people residing within the homes.

Liminality

The emptiness, abated by an unseen presence, that permeates 'Homes at Night' can also be found in his 'Interiors' series. Abandoned homes with leftover furniture, light stained walls, populated areas unpopulated, they draw on a kind of liminality—spaces between states, stuck in limbo neither becoming, nor becoming undone. It is that isolation and subversion of expectation that makes his photography so powerful, so familiar yet so unsettling.

Hido describes photography as 'the corner between literature and film'. Combining existential texts with the destabilising visual narratives of horror and apocalyptic film, with his deft documentarian eye, he suggests worlds unseen and unknown through the intimation of interior life, past and present, inviting an innumerable number of stories to be written by the viewer alone.

Publishing

Over the years, Todd Hido has produced over a dozen photo books, which he considers an integral part of his practice. Referring to them as 'paper movies', focusing on sequence and order provides him with the opportunity to construct his own narrative around bodies of work, a process that enforces and further shapes their collective intentions.

Public and Private Collections

Todd Hido's artwork is held in numerous collections, including the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; and Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, amongst others.

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions of Hido's work include Homes at Night, Rivalry Projects, Buffalo (2021); Todd Hido | Light From Within, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris (2019); Todd Hido | In The Vicinity of Narrative, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle (2018); Bright Black World, Reflex Amsterdam (2018); and Intimate Distance, Casemore Kirkeby, San Francisco and La Galerie Particulaire, Paris (2016).

Selected group exhibitions include Whistler and the World, Colby Museum of Art, Waterville (2015); Edward Hopper and Photography, Whitney Museum of Art, New York (2014); and At the Window: The Photographer's View, The Getty Center, Los Angeles (2013).

Sarah Forman | Ocula | 2021

Todd Hido Featured Artworks

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#11927-6053 by Todd Hido contemporary artwork photography
Todd Hido#11927-6053, 2020Archival pigment print
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
#11937-8422 by Todd Hido contemporary artwork photography
Todd Hido#11937-8422, 2020Archival pigment print
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
#11940-3031 by Todd Hido contemporary artwork photography
Todd Hido#11940-3031, 2019Archival pigment print
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
#11925-2492 by Todd Hido contemporary artwork photography
Todd Hido#11925-2492Archival pigment print
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
#11798-3868 by Todd Hido contemporary artwork photography
Todd Hido#11798-3868, 2018Archival pigment print
96.5 x 144.8 cm
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery
#11896-4220751 by Todd Hido contemporary artwork photography
Todd Hido#11896-4220751, 2018Archival pigment print
40 x 30 inches
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery
#11755-2135 by Todd Hido contemporary artwork photography
Todd Hido#11755-2135, 2017Archival pigment print
38 x 51 inches
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery
#10789-2109 by Todd Hido contemporary artwork photography
Todd Hido#10789-2109, 2012Archival pigment print
30 x 45 inches
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery

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