Trevor Paglen
American, born 1974
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
I am here to learn - On Machinic Interpretations of the World,
Frankfurter Kunstverein
Social Ecologies, curated by Greg Lindquist,
The Brooklyn Rail Curatorial Projects
Trevor Paglen,
Metro Pictures

An artist and author of numerous books and articles, Trevor Paglen uses special equipment to photograph sites of secret government activity, or “black sites,” including the Tonopah Test Range and the Nevada Test and Training Range. Capturing sites at long range, Paglen produces images that are frequently blurred or painterly in effect, alluding to art historical forbears concerned with the breakdown of representation, such as J.M.W. Turner and Gerhard Richter. Paglen’s image, KEYHOLE IMPROVED CRYSTAL from Glacier Point (Optical Reconnaissance Satellite; USA 224) (2011), a spy-satellite portrait of the sky above Yosemite Valley, evokes the work of Ansel Adams and Timothy O'Sullivan. “A lot of what we think about as classical Western landscape photography was paid for by the military,” Paglen has said, “or by what was then called the Department of War, as part of what they called …

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