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Bruce Silverstein Gallery : Todd Hido : The End Sends Advance Warning


Bruce Silverstein Gallery present The End Sends Advance Warning, the latest pit-stop in a four-decade road trip by American Photographer Todd Hido. Since the 1990s, Todd Hido has been known for his distinctive approach to photography, crafting narratives with loose suburban scenes, desolate landscapes, and stylized portraits.

Capturing images from the driver’s seat through a windshield, Hido’s pictorialist sensibilities transform natural elements of condensation, dirt, and grit into painterly abstractions akin to watercolor. He masterfully blurs the lines between painting and photography, creating a body of work that unfolds gradually, delivering a profound sense of cinematic gravitas and a dreamy, almost surreal quality. In his latest series, The End Sends Advance Warning, Hido’s lens ventures beyond the usual setting of American Suburbia and looks for inspiration in the rugged terrain of the Hawaiian Islands, the shores of the Bering Sea, and the Nordic Fjords above the Arctic Circle.

What is the advanced warning that the artist poses? The answer to this question is different from what it might seem. The cover image of Hido’s recent publication, The End Sends Advance Warning, depicts a landscape rendered in shades of black, blue, and green. The composition is divided into two – scattered water puddles reflect the twilight as a road emerges in the center of the frame. A pair of headlights cuts through the murky atmosphere and heads directly towards the viewer, creating a sense of imminent danger. However, one must ‘read between the lines’ that cannot be seen on the muddy road.

Unlike the uninhabited, desolate landscapes with only traces of human existence in Hido’s Bright Black World and Roaming series, The End Sends Advance Warning, through the distant brightness of a car headlight, the warmth of a porchlight, and the hint of sunlight through heavy clouds conveys a sense of hope. In the darkness of the landscape, the light serves as a beacon, helping the viewers find their way while reminding us that we are not alone.

Todd Hido states:
“[This series] is far from a paean to despair. Instead, it argues that it is in the darkest times that we must redouble our efforts to note the small and quiet moments of beauty in any form and to approach the changes in progress with as much hope and grace as possible.”


Hido’s career spans over a dozen published books, showcasing his artistic prowess and creativity. The acclaimed monographs House Hunting (2001) and Excerpts from Silver Meadows (2013) have garnered critical acclaim and awards. Additionally, he has introduced innovative B-Sides Box Sets, serving as complementary pieces to his literary endeavors. His Aperture publications include notable titles such as Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, the Nude (2014), Intimate Distance: Twenty-Five Years of Photographs (2016), and Bright Black World (2018). His latest publication, The End Sends Advance Warning (2023), was released alongside this exhibition.


Todd Hido : The End Sends Advance Warning
November 2, 2023 – January 13, 2024
Bruce Silverstein Gallery
529 W 20th St
New York, NY 10011

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