Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series: Todd Hido 

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Photographer Todd Hido is best known for the evocative images he captured while driving through neighborhoods at night, photographing homes whose glowing windows suggest untold stories, but reveal little. For more than twenty-five years, he has returned literally and metaphorically to memories and experiences of growing up in Kent, Ohio, exploring suburban isolation and finding romance in the mundane. A mobile home seen through a slightly fogged window takes on a hazy glow; a rain-streaked windshield lends a painterly beauty to a lonely landscape.  

For Hido, who has designed and produced eight monographs, the photo book is the ultimate expression of his work. He sequences and juxtaposes his photographs—sometimes in conjunction with found images—to create a non-verbal narrative. His most recent book, Bright Black World (2018), marks a new direction for the photographer. Prompted by global climatic change and the darkening political atmosphere, he examines a world seemingly on the edge of apocalypse, dominated by lowering skies and eerie light. He pairs these landscapes with austere, beautifully lit portraits, a validation of both light and humanity. Hido will continue the series in his next book, The End Sends Advance Warning, featuring scenes made in Alaska, Iceland, Japan, and Norway, among other places.  

Hido is a San Francisco-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, Eyemazing, FOAM, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Vanity Fair, and Wired. His first book, House Hunting (2001), was published to wide acclaim and named Best First Monograph by Photo-Eye. His photographs have been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Les Recontres de la photographie, Arles, France; Musée des beaux arts, Le Locle, Switzerland; and the National Portrait Gallery, London, England. They are part of the permanent collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.  

This live lecture is free and available at 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, on Zoom. Participants must preregister.  

Image credit:
#11797-3252, archival pigment print from the series Bright Black World, 2017; © Todd Hido  
Feb 5 2021, 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Online

Zoom, Pre-registration Required
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