Todd Hido, Sources and Influences
The Department of Art & Art History presents American photographer Todd Hido. In this lecture, Hido will discuss how he arrived at being the artist he is today. This is a candid presentation of not only his own work. Starting with his early influences, he will go through not just the personal sources where his work comes from, but also generously discuss the aesthetic influences that helped form and shape his image making.
He will also discuss the process of making several of his monographs of which he is best known for. All this gets at scratching the surface that might provide answers to the elusive questions many artists ask themselves: Where does my work come from? What does it say? How can I express myself more effectively? And finally, what does it mean—and does that even matter?
Todd Hido (born in Kent, Ohio, 1968) wanders endlessly, taking lengthy road trips in search of imagery that connects with his own memories. Through his unique landscape process and signature color palette, Hido alludes to the quiet and mysterious side of suburban America—where uniform communities provide for a stable façade—implying the instability that lies behind the walls. His photographs are in many private and public collections, including the Getty, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art; MoMA: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Notably, Pier 24 Photography holds the archive of all his published works. He has published more than a dozen books, including the award-winning monograph Excerpts from Silver Meadows (2013) and the innovative B-side box set designed to function as a companion piece. His Aperture titles include Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude (2014), part of The Photography Workshop series, and the mid-career survey Intimate Distance: Twenty-Five Years of Photographs, A Chronological Album (2016). His latest book, Bright Black World, was released by Nazraeli press in the Fall of 2018. Hido is also a collector, and over the last twenty-five years has created one of the most notable photobook collections, which will be featured in Bibliomania: The World’s Most Interesting Private Libraries (Random House, 2019).
Image: Todd Hido, #2690 from the series House Hunting. Courtesy of the artist.
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