Tod Papageorge (born Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States, 1940) is an American photographer whose career began in the New York City street photography movement of the 1960s. He is the recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships and two NEA Visual Artists Fellowships. His work is in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Between 1979 and 2013 he directed the graduate photography department at the Yale University School of Art.
Life and work
Between 1979 and 2013 he directed the graduate photography department at the Yale University School of Art, where his students included Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Lois Conner, Abelardo Morell, Andrew Bush, Susan Lipper, Gregory Crewdson, An-My Le, Anna Gaskell, Steve Giovinco, and Katy Grannan.
In 2007, Steidl published Passing through Eden, a collection of photographs Papageorge took over 25 years in Central Park. Also in 2007, Aperture published American Sports, 1970: Or How We Spent the War in Vietnam, containing photographs taken during his 1970 Guggenheim Fellowship.
|“||This ridiculous-seeming activity of walking along the street and lifting up a little camera is so powerful, so complicated, and so resistant to being mastered. If I had the choice between doing that and sitting in an office somewhere … Are you kidding?||”|
- Passing through Eden. Göttingen: Steidl, 2007. ISBN 3-86521-374-X.
- American Sports, 1970: Or How We Spent the War in Vietnam. New York: Aperture, 2007. ISBN 978-1-59711-050-1.
- Opera Città. Rome: Punctum, 2010. ISBN 978-88-95410-24-1.
- Core Curriculum: Writings on Photography. New York: Aperture, 2011. ISBN 978-1-59711-172-0.
- Studio 54. London: Stanley Barker, 2014. ISBN 978-0956992215.
- Woodward, Richard B. (Fall 2006). "Tod Papageorge (interview)". BOMB magazine, issue 97. Retrieved 2012-05-13.
- "Tod Papageorge (faculty bio)". Yale University School of Art. Retrieved 2007-07-04.
- Robert Ayers (April 24, 2008). "Tod Papageorge". ARTINFO. Retrieved 2008-05-14.