Todd Hido (American, b.1968) is a prolific photographer whose works of suburban and urban homes have been shown in galleries and businesses throughout the nation. He was born in Kent, OH, and is now based in San Francisco, CA. He received a BFA in 1991 from Tufts University in Massachusetts, and an MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. He is currently an adjunct professor at the California College of Art in San Francisco. Hido’s trademarks are pictures of homes from across the United States, which are very detailed and luminous. They show the desolation and anonymity of suburbia, and the despair and loss of the falling housing market.

Hido’s photographs transcend art and have been used in many mainstream publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Face, and Vanity Fair. His photographs can be seen in the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, La Salle Bank in Chicago, and the Heiting Collection in Los Angeles. His book House Hunting was released in 2001, and its companion, Outskirts, was released the following year. Hido published Roaming in 2004. While best known for his truthful home photographs, he is not afraid to branch out into other forms. He released Between the Two in 2007, which is a collection of portraits and nudes. All of his books have received critical acclaim.

Hido’s photographs of homes have a raw elegance that goes beyond the simple surface. Each photograph tells a story of hope, lost memories, and failed dreams that have become particularly poignant in the wake of the increase of home foreclosures. His 2009 work in the Witness periodical showcased photographs of foreclosed homes, and showed that while the pictures were of abandoned and empty homes, the real story is about the people. Some of his most famous works include Excerpts from Silver Meadows, A Road Divided, and A New American Portrait. He has won several awards and accolades, including the Barclay Simpson Award in 1996, the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Visual Arts Award in 1998, and the Best First Monograph in 2002 for 2001 photo-eye books and prints.

Timeline

1968
Born in Kent, OH
1991
BFA, Tufts University, Medford, MA
1991–1992
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1996
Barclay Simpson Award
1996
MFA, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
1998
Wallace Alex Gerbode Foundation Visual Arts Award
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation

Exhibitions

2005
Roaming: New Landscapes, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX (solo)
2005
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2005
DO, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
2005
Camera Sacra: Capturing the Soul of Nature, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2004–2005
Arti & Architettura, 1900-2000, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy
2004–2005
Brr..., Gallery W 52, New York, NY
2004
Light and Atmosphere, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
2004
Continuities, Nelson Gallery & the Fine Arts Collection, University of California
2004
Photographs of the Great Basin: A Partial Survey of the Nevada Landscape, Sturm Gallery, Truckee, CA
2004
Four Galleries Four Artists, Michael Berger Gallery, Pittsburg, PA
2004
Roaming: New Landscapes, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2004
Roaming, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2004
Michael Berger Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (solo)
2004
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo)
2004
Roaming, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2003–2004
Terrain Vague: Photography, Architecture and The Post-Industrial Landscape, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, GA; traveling to the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2003–2004
The Gray Area, Wattis Institute, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2003–2004
Photographing Undomesticated Interiors, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
2003–2004
Home, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., traveled to the Minnesota History Center, Minneapolis, MN
2003
A Sure Thing, Spanganga Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003
Elegy: Contemporary Ruins, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
2003
Homeland, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
2003
Wait Until Dark: Night Photography from the Collection of Jay Richard DiBiaso, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
2003
Chambre 305, Gallery Hotel Art, Isabella Brancolini Gallery, Florence, Italy
2003
Home Sweet Home, Centre Photographie d’Ile-de-France, Pontault-Combault, France
2003
Dwelling, Montalvo Gallery, Saratoga, CA
2003
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo)
2003
Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2002
House Hunting: Photographs by Todd Hido, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (solo)
2002
Roaming, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2002
3A Garage, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2002
Open House, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (solo)
2001
Inman Gallery, Houston, TX (solo)
2001
House Hunting, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2001
New Photographs, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2000
Photographs Taken at Night, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2000
Immodest Gazes, Fundacio "la Caixa" Barcelona, Spain
2000
Of the Moment: Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art California
2000
Sites Around the City: Art and the Environment, Arizona State University Art Museum Tempe, Arizona
2000
Fotofest 2000, Inman Gallery Houston, Texas
2000
Capturing Light: Masterpieces of Califonia Photography, 1850-2000, Oakland Museum of California Califonia
2000
Julie Saul Gallery New York, NY (solo)
2000
Homing In, Stephen Wirtz Gallery San Francisco, California (solo)
2000
California Invitational, The Friends of Photography San Francisco, CA
1999
Recent Works by Alumni, Oliver Art Center Oakland, CA
1999
Inman Gallery Houston, Texas (solo)
1999
The Comforts of Home, Hand Workshop Art Center Richmond, Virginia
1999
California Classics: Highlights from the Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Travelling Exhibition
1998
Doors, Walls, and Windows, Berkeley Art Museum Berkeley, California
1998
Neighborhood Watch: Recent Photographs of Suburbia, Julie Saul Gallery New York, NY
1998
Images and Ideas: The Collection in Focus, Berkeley Art Museum Berkeley, California
1998
House Hunting, Stephen Wirtz Gallery San Francisco, California (solo)
1998
Bay Area Now, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco, CA
1997
SF Camerawork San Francisco, California
1996
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rental Gallery San Francisco, California
1996
Blue Lagoon, Four Walls San Francisco, CA
1995
Obsession, Southern Exposure San Francisco, CA
1995
Art Institute of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1995
Michel Thompson Gallery San Francisco, California
1993
International Photography Festival, Sohreh Photo Tehran, Iran
1993
Ovo Gallery Boston, Massachusetts