Todd Hido (born 1968) is an internationally celebrated contemporary artist, known for his night-time depictions of isolated suburban houses in America. He has published several books including House Hunting (2001), Outskirts (2002) and Roaming (2004) and has received numerous awards.
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Early Years and Education
Todd Hido was born in Kent, Ohio in 1968. He received his B.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University. In 1996, he earned his M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts where he was taught by Larry Sultan.
Hido’s photographs are made during long, solitary drives. The main subject of his work is the American urban and suburban landscape, often photographed at night. Celebrated for his use of textural detail and colour, Hido explores subtleties and variations in light and shadow found in these quietly unsettling scenes. These images were compiled in Hido’s first monograph, House Hunting, published in 2001. The publication won the Photo-Eye Award in 2001 for the Best First Monograph, and was followed in 2002 with a companion monograph, Outskirts. Isolated suburban houses have gone on to become an on-going source of inspiration and investigation for the artist.
Hido has published several further books, including Roaming, in 2004. Roaming presents landscapes from the vantage point of his car, using the windscreen as an additional lens, often through an additional barrier of sheets of rain or thick mist.
Exhibitions and Awards
Hido has been the recipient of the Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Visual Arts Award, and the Barclay Simpson Award. His photographs have been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, Elephant and FOAM. His work is held in the permanent collections of many noted public and private collections including the Getty, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is currently an adjunct professor at the California College of Art in San Francisco.