InvisiblePhotographs by Trevor Paglen
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Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes is Trevor Paglen's long-awaited first photographic monograph. Social scientist, artist, writer, and provocateur, Paglen has been exploring the secret activities of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies—the "black world"—for the last eight years, publishing, speaking, and making astonishing photographs.
As an artist, Paglen is interested in the idea of photography as truth-telling, but his mysterious, compelling pictures often stop short of traditional ideas of documentation. Showcasing the artwork of an important emerging talent, Invisible speaks to the multidisciplinary practices employed by many of today's most interesting contemporary artists. The book highlights the array of tactics used by Paglen to depict both what can and cannot be seen.
Rebecca Solnit, noted author on culture and photography, contributes a searing essay that traces this history of clandestine military activity on the American landscape.
Trevor Paglen (born in Maryland, 1974) received a PhD in geography, as well as his BA, from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, he is represented by Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, and Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany. He lives and works in New York and Oakland, California.
Rebecca Solnit (essay) is the author of many celebrated works of nonfiction. Her awards include an NEA Fellowship (1993), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2000), and a National Book Critics Circle Award (2003).