“To go and photograph an air base is not only to photograph something, but it is to insist on one’s right to photograph. You’re flexing that right. If you don’t flex rights, they go away.” —Trevor Paglen
New episode in the ART21 Exclusive series: Combining optical systems from a telescope and a camera, artist Trevor Paglen takes photographs of military structures and classified aircraft from a distance in the Nevada desert.
IMAGES (ROWS 1–3): Trevor Paglen outside of Tonopah Test Range, Tonopah, NV, 2013. Production stills from the ART21 Exclusive episode, Trevor Paglen: Limit Telephotography. © ART21, Inc. 2015.
IMAGE (ROW 4, LEFT): Trevor Paglen. Reaper Drone (Indian Springs, NV; Distance ~ 2 miles), detail, 2010. C-print; 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.44 cm). Artwork courtesy of the artist; Metro Pictures, New York, NY; Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA; and Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany. © Trevor Paglen.
IMAGE (ROW 4, RIGHT): Trevor Paglen. Tail Numbers; Gold Coast Terminal, Las Vegas, NV; Distance ~ 1 mile; 5:27 p.m., detail, 2006. C-print; 30 x 36 in. Artwork courtesy of the artist; Metro Pictures, New York, NY; Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA; and Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany. © Trevor Paglen.
Trevor Paglen (F ‘13)