All posts tagged: Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen wins the Deutsche Börse photography prize 2016

Paglen, the 42-year-old multimedia photographer from Maryland, US, who spends his days working as a geographer working out of the Department of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley, won for his work The Octopus, first shown at Frankfurter Kunstverein last summer. He sees his work as an ongoing effort “to help develop a visual and cultural vocabulary around surveillance.” The Octopus is a continuation of Paglen’s ongoing exploration into data collection, military surveillance, drone warfare and how they interlink through various, often conflicting and overlapping governmental agencies. The series shows us images of restricted military and government areas, as well as skyscapes showing the vapour trails of passing drones. The Octopus was the result of an exhaustive collaboration with scientists, astronomers and human rights activists concerned with the modern surveillance culture. The series started proper in November, 2013, when Paglen hired a helicopter to take aerial, nighttime shots of the US National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland, the National Reconnaissance Office in Virginia and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Virginia. These agencies, responsible for all national security apparatus, including the deeply controversial …


BJP Staff