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Gregory Halpern (born 1977) is an acclaimed American photographer who has focussed his career on an exploration of the elusive, nascent notion of Americanness. He is celebrated for his pioneering photobooks, his most recent publications ZZYZX and Omaha Sketchbook are lyrical and poetic explorations of place.

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Works

Dog on Hill (Sunrise), Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Boy Scouts 1, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Boy Scouts 2, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

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Bridge (Evening), Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Julia, Reserve Officer Training Corps, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Card Game, Nebraska, Correctional Youth Facility, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

John, Service Clerk, Cubby’s Grocery Store, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Blue Corvette, 2005-2018

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Dancers, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Dog on Hill (Sunrise), Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Omaha, NE (Downtown Through Sunflowers), 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

North Omaha Power Station, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

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Fire and Tree, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

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House in Field, 2005-2018

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Patrick with his Kids, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

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Ladder and House, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

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Watching High School Football, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

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James in Car, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

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Emilio, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

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Night Service, 2005-2018

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Omaha, NE (Pigeon in Snow), 2005-2018

Gregory Halpern

Lincoln Continental, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

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Road in Snow, 2005-2018

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Douglas, Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Bellevue, 2005-201

Gregory Halpern

Sixteenth Street (Evening), Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

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Starlings, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

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Hooper, NE, 2005-2018

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Omaha, NE (Sun Through Willows), 2005-2018

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Lewis, Football Practice, Omaha, NE, 2005-2018

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Education and Early Work

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.

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.

ZZYZX

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.

Recent Work

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.

Related

Notes, News and Press

Press

BBC News: Omaha Sketchbook by Gregory Halpern – In Pictures

Press

i-D: 15 Years of Photographing the ‘American Heartland’

Press

British Journal of Photography: 15 years of Midwestern Masculinity