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 Trevor Paglen Biography

Trevor Paglen was born in 1974 in Camp Springs, Maryland. Trained as a geographer and photographer, Paglen makes the invisible visible by documenting the American surveillance state of the 21st century. From his vantage points at various public locations, he photographs distant military facilities, capturing extreme telephoto images of stealth drones. Turning his vision to the night sky, he traces the paths of information-gathering satellites.

In his series of Mylar satellites, Paglen applies advanced engineering to the creation of non-functional objects, stripping technology of its intended purpose and hoping to launch his own time capsule of photographs into geostationary orbit. Tracing the ways in which the convergence of aesthetics, industrial design, and politics influence how we see and understand the world, he shows us images of the American West, originally photographed for military use and now considered examples of classic photography. In images that go beyond straightforward journalistic documentation, Paglen gives voice to shifting ideas of the landscape of the American West, humankind’s place in the cosmos, and the surveillance state.

Trevor Paglen received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a PhD in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley. He has had residencies at Artpace and MIT, and his honors include a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship; Aperture West Prize; SFMoMA SECA Award; Art Matters Grant; and an Artadia Grant.

His work has appeared in major exhibitions at the Cartagena Biennial; Center for Art Design and Visual Culture, Baltimore; Van Abbemuseum; Protocinema, Istanbul; Creative Time; Liverpool Biennial; Guangzhou Triennial; Secession, Vienna; Kunsthall Oslo; Kunsthalle Giessen; FotoFest Biennial; Istanbul Biennial; Havana Biennial; Berkeley Art Museum; Taipei Biennial; and the California College of Arts and Crafts. Trevor Paglen lives and works in New York.

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Trevor Paglen

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Trevor Paglen Biography

Trevor Paglen was born in 1974 in Camp Springs, Maryland. Trained as a geographer and photographer, Paglen makes the invisible visible by documenting the American surveillance state of the 21st century. From his vantage points at various public locations, he photographs distant military facilities, capturing extreme telephoto images of stealth drones. Turning his vision to the night sky, he traces the paths of information-gathering satellites.

In his series of Mylar satellites, Paglen applies advanced engineering to the creation of non-functional objects, stripping technology of its intended purpose and hoping to launch his own time capsule of photographs into geostationary orbit. Tracing the ways in which the convergence of aesthetics, industrial design, and politics influence how we see and understand the world, he shows us images of the American West, originally photographed for military use and now considered examples of classic photography. In images that go beyond straightforward journalistic documentation, Paglen gives voice to shifting ideas of the landscape of the American West, humankind’s place in the cosmos, and the surveillance state.

Trevor Paglen received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a PhD in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley. He has had residencies at Artpace and MIT, and his honors include a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship; Aperture West Prize; SFMoMA SECA Award; Art Matters Grant; and an Artadia Grant.

His work has appeared in major exhibitions at the Cartagena Biennial; Center for Art Design and Visual Culture, Baltimore; Van Abbemuseum; Protocinema, Istanbul; Creative Time; Liverpool Biennial; Guangzhou Triennial; Secession, Vienna; Kunsthall Oslo; Kunsthalle Giessen; FotoFest Biennial; Istanbul Biennial; Havana Biennial; Berkeley Art Museum; Taipei Biennial; and the California College of Arts and Crafts. Trevor Paglen lives and works in New York.

Trevor Paglen Videos

  • Photographing Secret Sites and Satellites | Meet Trevor Paglen ...
  • Artist on Artist Lecture - Trevor Paglen on Robert Smithson - YouTube
  • Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture: artist Trevor Paglen - YouTube

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  • How to book Trevor Paglen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Trevor Paglen for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Trevor Paglen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Trevor Paglen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Trevor Paglen?

    Booking fees for Trevor Paglen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Trevor Paglen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Trevor Paglen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Trevor Paglen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Trevor Paglen for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Trevor Paglen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Trevor Paglen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Trevor Paglen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Trevor Paglen for your event is available upon request. Trevor Paglen generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Petra Collins, Bruce Nauman, Angélica Dass, Alec Soth and Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Trevor Paglen for an upcoming event.

Trevor Paglen Speaker Videos

  • Photographing Secret Sites and Satellites | Meet Trevor Paglen ...
    Artist on Artist Lecture - Trevor Paglen on Robert Smithson - YouTube
  • Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture: artist Trevor Paglen - YouTube

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