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Trevor Paglen

Photographer & Geographer

Photographer & Geographer

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New York, NY, USA
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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

Trevor Paglen Books

  • I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed By Me: Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World
    I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed By Me: Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World

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  • What topics does Trevor Paglen speak about?

    Trevor Paglen is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Art, Artificial Intelligence, Arts & Humanities, Culture, Innovation, Literary, Photography, Science and Technology, Technology Speakers, Visual Arts.
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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 Bruce Nauman, Angélica Dass, Alec Soth, Alex Webb and Alexa Meade. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Trevor Paglen for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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