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Todd Hido

United States 1968


Todd Hido
Todd Hido
United States
February 8, 2017
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Known for his gritty work and solitary method, Todd Hido is a contemporary American photographer whose artistic output has often focused on the dark underside of suburbia that is hidden from us in plain sight. What seems to be the focal point of this author’s photos is not the subject that’s placed before the camera but the experimentations with the quality of natural and artificial light. Todd takes most of his photographs during long, solitary drives through the American suburban neighborhoods and, after they are done, later edits the negatives together, manipulating them until he produces a picture that he feels truly portrays the encounter with a particular location. It should be noted that this San Francisco-based photographer has also produced a number of interior shots featuring human figures.

New Road House gallery locations use a book and a home page to attract viewers
Todd Hido – The artist’s work on view in a gallery space – Image via

Learning and Developing His Photography

Todd Hido was born on the 25th of August in the year of 1968, in the city of Kent, Ohio. As he never truly doubted that art is something he wants to pursue a career in, the entire educational period of Todd’s life was spent learning on artistic institutions. Hido graduated in 1991 with a B.F.A. from Tufts University in Medford and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. An M.F.A. was gained in 1996 at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California. Right from the start of his career, Todd was influenced by the varied works of Alfred Hitchcock, Edward Hopper, Stephen Shore, Robert Adams, Walker Evans, Nan Goldin, Emmet Gowin, Larry Sultan, Alfred Stieglitz, Andreas Gursky and Rineke Dijkstra. He established a solitary style that results in images which offer voyeuristic glimpses into houses inhabited by haunted, lonely beings[1]. As it was said above, Hido is fascinated with lights and what they can do to a photograph, so he allows the reflections of sun rays and the illuminations of television sets to really take over his work. After his photographs are flushed with color in the post-production, Todd’s compositions seem as if they are offering us a glimpse into a spirit world that somehow parallels our own.

New use for a house book
Todd Hido – Fragmented Narratives, 2011 – Image via

Successful Books and Projects

Over the course of his career, Hido has produced a number of well-received photographic books whilst his images were exhibited widely and are included in various public and private collections. By now, he has already established a reputation for publishing almost all of his artwork as stand-alone books, which he considers to be a vital part of his art. As we’ve said above, although Todd is primarily known for his pictures of suburbia, this author also produced a large number of interior shots that mostly featured female models[2]. These subjects were often the artist’s girlfriends or wife, so every single picture of that type has a strong intimate note. As for Hido’s most notable projects, we would like to mention a few that seem to serve the role of true milestones of his career. His early series titled as Houses at Night (1997) showcased numerous farm and suburban homes lit with only a single light source, a masterful decision that lent a sense of urgency and despair to the otherwise ordinary scenes. Projects that strayed off from the usual repertoire of this author are the multiple photographic portraits series of prostitutes set in spare hotel rooms – these include Between the Two (2008) and Fragmented Narratives (2011).

This San Francisco artist uses the night as a picture hunting opportunity as Todd Hido makes most of his photography series in the veil of darkness

Print portraits and hunting landscapes on the Ohio road to home are the new gallery centerpiece
Todd Hido – Two photographs from the Art of Darkness – Images via and

The Style of Todd Hido

When we look at the pure visuals of Hido’s work, we are not at all surprised that his main inspirations come from the aforementioned works of Alfred Hitchcock and Rineke Dijkstra, as evidenced by bright compositional spots amid desolated locations. This particular visual style fits in extremely well with the voyeuristic nature of Hido’s work, a characteristic that is only further underlined by the editing processes that follow the making of every photograph. That technique is best defined by the author himself as Hido explained it with the following statement: I shoot sort of like a documentarian, but I print like a painter.

Todd Hido lives and works in San Francisco, California, The United States.


  1. Hido, T., Todd Hido: Roaming Landscape Photographs, Nazraeli; 1st edition, 2005
  2. Hido, T., Halpern, G., Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude: The Photography Workshop Series, Aperture; Prima edizione, 2014

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015LAND IN SIGHTWeserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, BremenGroup
2015Story Book: Narrative in Contemporary ArtMMoCA - The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WIGroup
2015Todd Hido - Drive By ShootingKunstverein Augsburg e.V., AugsburgSolo
2014Todd Hido - SurveyKaune, Posnik, Spohr, CologneSolo
2014Todd Hido: Excerpts from Silver MeadowsBoston University Art Gallery - BUAG, Boston, MASolo
2014Passing ThroughRose Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2014Edward Hopper And PhotographyWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NYGroup
2014Unknown: Pictures of StrangersTransformer Station, Cleveland, OHGroup
2014Beauty of Darkness IIGalerie Alex Daniels, Reflex Amsterdam, AmsterdamGroup
2014Perduti nel paesaggio Lost in LandscapeMART - Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, RoveretoGroup
2014WeltsichtenBonnefantenmuseum, MaastrichtGroup
2014HindsightV1 Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2013Todd Hido - Photography Kaune, Posnik, Spohr, CologneSolo
2013Todd Hido - Excerpts from Silver MeadowsTransformer Station, Cleveland, OHSolo
2013Decisive MomentsHonolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HIGroup
2013Staking Claim: A California InvitationalThe Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CAGroup
2013Fotografica Bogota 2013Fotografica Bogota, BogotaGroup
2012Todd Hido - I drive…La Galerie Particuliere, ParisSolo
2012Todd Hido - Excerpts from Silver MeadowsStephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2012Scanning the HorizonKemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MOGroup
2012More Photos About Buildings and FoodGallery 339, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2012B-SidesAmpersand Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2012Sommer AccrochageKaune, Posnik, Spohr, CologneGroup
2012Behind the WheelSanta Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2012Foreclosed: Documents from the American Housing Crisis.Alice Austen Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2011A Road DividedKaune, Posnik, Spohr, CologneSolo
2011Todd Hido - Fragmented NarrativesBruce Silverstein Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2011IdyllStephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Dawn Till DuskGallery Jen Bekman, New York City, NYGroup
2011Unburied Treasures: A Fine Print Retrospective And SaleSF Camerawork, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011California ContinuedSmith Andersen North, San Anselmo, CAGroup
2010Househuntung NudesKaune, Posnik, Spohr, CologneSolo
2010ANNUAL GROUP SHOWZane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2010Personal Identities Contemporary PortraitsSonoma University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, CAGroup
2010ProofCatherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2010Land Use SurveyGallery Jen Bekman, New York City, NYGroup
2010ZBCA GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHERSZane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2010FotoFest 2010FotoFest Biennial, Houston, TXGroup
2010STATE OF MIND - A California InvitationalThe Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CAGroup
2009Todd Hido: a road dividedBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
2009Todd Hido - A Road DividedBruce Silverstein Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
20092009 Benefit Auction Of Photographic PrintsSF Camerawork, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009OPEN PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHYZane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2008Todd Hido - Between the TwoYours Gallery, WarsawSolo
2008Todd Hido - Solo ShowStephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2008Infinite Light in to NightLeubsdorf Art Gallery - Hunter College, New York City, NYGroup
2008Summer´08Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007Stalking SurburbiaWestport Arts Center, Westport, CTGroup
2007Easy Rider: Road Trips through AmericaYancey Richardson Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2007The New American PortraitGallery Jen Bekman, New York City, NYGroup
2007Currents in PhotographyCCAS - Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento, Sacramento, CAGroup
2007The BIG pictureNorth Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NCGroup
2007Spectacular City NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, DusseldorfGroup
2007ELOI - Stumbling Toward ParadiseUCR, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CAGroup
2007Group Exhibition: Gallery ArtistsCarrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2006Todd Hido, Unfinished NarrativesPhotographic Center Northwest , Seattle, WASolo
2006Spectacular City: Photographing the FutureNAI - Netherlands Architecture Institute,RotterdamGroup
2006Suburban Escape - The Art of California SprawlSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2006Highlights from the Photography CollectionSamuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FLGroup
2006Jim Goldberg, Todd Hido, Larry Sultan & Catherine WagnerStephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2005Todd Hido - Solo ExhibitSheppard Fine Arts Gallery - University of Nevada, Reno, NVSolo
2005Something of the Night 1875-2005Leeds Art Gallery, LeedsGroup
2005Bay Area BazaarPulliam Gallery , Portland, ORGroup
2005Nine PortraitsStephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2005Willem van Zoetendaal - Marks of HonourFoam Fotografiemuseum, AmsterdamGroup
2005In Focus - Contemporary Photography From The Allen GNorth Carolina Museum of Art,Raleigh, NCGroup
2004Todd Hido- RoamingG Fine Art, Washington, DCSolo
2004Todd Hido: RoamingBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
2004Todd Hido, RoamingCarrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2004Todd Hido - Roaming: New LandscapesJulie Saul Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2004Todd Hido - Solo ShowStephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2004What´s Doin´Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Domicile - A Sense Of PlaceCoCA - Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WAGroup
2004Light And AtmosphereMAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, FLGroup
2004Terrain Vague - Photography, Architecture and the Post-Industrial LandscapeCarnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PAGroup
2003Todd Hido, PhotographsBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
2003Home (for the Holidays)Gallery Jen Bekman, New York City, NYGroup
2003The Gray AreaCCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003Terrain VagueAtlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GAGroup
2003Pretty, As A PictureCarrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2003FabulaNational Media Museum, BradfordGroup
2003Home sweet homeCentre photographique d’Ile-de-France, Pontault CombaultGroup
2002Todd Hido - RoamingPaul Morris Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2002House Hunting - Photographs by Todd HidoThe Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OHSolo
2002Todd Hido - Open HouseKemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MOSolo
2002Todd HidoCarrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2002Printemps de septembrePrintemps de Septembre, ToulouseGroup
2002Plotting: An Exhibition Of StudiesCarrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2002Photography Group ShowStephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2002Into the WoodsJulie Saul Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2001Depicting Absence Implying PresenceICA - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2000Todd Hido - House Hunting and Ohio SeriesJulie Saul Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2000The Eureka Fellowship Awards - 1999 - 2001San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2000Of the Moment - Contemporary Art from the Permanent CollectionSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CAGroup
2000Sites Around the City - Arts and Environment ASU Art Museum - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZGroup