human endeavour, photography, thoughts and ideas

Todd Hido. Homes at Night & Foreclosed Homes

Posted in Uncategorized by humanendeavour photography on March 15, 2011

“The houses in Hido’s outdoor shots seem to glow in the dark. While the bright light that shines through the windows gives some indication that these structures are lived in, one can also sense their gloomy desolation. Isolated in the frame, almost like portrait subjects, the houses exist in a still twilight that can leave a viewer wondering whether someone is home watching television or absent owners are trying to ward off prowlers. Hido, lurking with his camera across the street, comes off as a benign but creepy surveillance aficionado, a private eye of domestic disarray.

For his shots of interiors, Hido visited homes whose previous owners had failed to meet their mortgage payments and were evicted; now owned by banks, the places bear the marks of sad lives and hasty departures. His camera lingers on a few vestigial reminders: window curtains, a chandelier-style lighting fixture, and a stained mattress are almost all that remains as evidence of the former inhabitants. Hido doesn’t dwell on the sociological, however: his interest, indicated by the care with which he modulates light and color, lies in the haunting quality of these spaces. In a sense, the photographs duplicate the banks’ seizure of the houses by repossessing them in the name of art.”

Andy Grunberg Artforum.


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  1. John said, on March 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Always wish I had bought this book when it was still cheap(ish)!

  2. Alex Currie said, on May 3, 2011 at 8:23 am

    It’s been reprinted by Nazraeli Press so you can pick it up for around £70.

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