Todd Hido

Todd Hido | Bright Black World

15 September 2018 till 17 November 2018

“It’s been said that Inuits have many words to describe white. As the polar snow caps melt faster than we ever imagined, I wonder how long it will be before we have as many words to describe darkness.” — Todd Hido

Reflex Gallery is thrilled to present Bright Black World, a new exhibition by celebrated American photographer Todd Hido. This profoundly beautiful and arresting collection of images – many of them unseen – are the results of Hido’s exploration of the northern hemisphere in the impenetrable depths of winter. The realities of climate change lurk behind in these images – the threat of an eternal darkness looming large.

In a crepuscular forest scene, it is uncertain whether the faint blush of sun behind the strident firs is setting or rising. Dawn and sunset are one and the same in midwinter – the light bleeding through the clouds for a mere hour or so and then fading.

Above the leaden horizon of the Norwegian Sea, grey clouds billow and spiral into mysterious forms. In another image of land and sky, the heavy snow clouds bear down like a safety blanket.

A series of epic snowy vistas, devoid of human presence, are magisterial in their desolate beauty. Burrs of snowflakes cling to the camera lens.

Two starkly beautiful portraits of women remind us that this terrain is nevertheless home to some. In other scenes, streetlights, motel signs and a cemetery remind us of the life cycle of a community for whom the hardship of winter is rewarded by the endless light of summer.

After Intimate Distance, Hido’s 2016 mid-career survey which explored his childhood in the United States, he felt ready to explore new horizons: “Having closed that chapter I was very open to shooting in different places. I followed the snow. There I began anew and was able to make a larger reflection about the times that we live in which clearly needs to be done on a global scale

Not just a political statement, Bright Black World is infused with Nordic mythology, Ragnarok, and the idea of Fimbulwinter – a winter that never ends.

These images fill the viewer with unease while simultaneously a profound sense of wonder. A vision, as Hido says, that “pushes the envelope of darkness”. While he hopes these photographs will lead to some greater insight into the changing world that we live in, while providing the motivation and a moment to reflect on how we got here, he invites us to come to our own conclusions. “As an artist, my job is not to create meaning but to charge the air so that meaning can occur.”

Bright Black World runs from September 15 to November 17 at Reflex Amsterdam. A special book of images, also titled Bright Black World, published by Nazraeli Press, will be presented at Unseen Photo Fair, 21-23 September 2018. A limited edition of two prints, and a copy of the book will be available at Reflex.

Todd Hido will be signing copies of his book during the opening in the gallery on Saturday 15 September and at Unseen.

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Past shows (selection)

Unseen

Sep 21st - Sep 23rd 2018

In Times Of Plenty | The Shape Of Things Today

Jul 7th - Sep 4th 2018

Ichwan Noor | Ichwan Noor | Beetle Sphere

May 26th - Jun 30th 2018

Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | ART HISTORY

Apr 7th - May 22nd 2018

Keith Coventry | Keith Coventry | Junk & Pure Junk

Feb 24th - Apr 4th 2018

New Beginnings

Jan 3rd - Feb 17th 2018

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen – Ballenesque – a Retrospective

Nov 23rd - Dec 30th 2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2017

Sep 22nd - Sep 24th 2017

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Silk Road

Sep 16th - Nov 11th 2017

Joel Morrison | Joel Morrison | New Works

May 6th - Aug 15th 2017

Iris Schomaker | IRIS SCHOMAKER | Come To The Edge

Feb 25th - Apr 26th 2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2016

Sep 23rd - Sep 25th 2016

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | SHIPBUILDING | New Works

Nov 25th - Jan 7th 2017

Sculpture Project Gelderlandplein | Permanently On View

Donald Baechler | Donald Baechler | New Works

Sep 16th - Nov 15th 2016

Photo London 2016 Somerset House, Booth no. X2

May 18th - May 22nd 2016

Irina Ionesco | Irina Ionesco | Ma réalité rêvée

Mar 19th - May 10th 2016

Unseen Photo Fair 2015

Sep 18th - Sep 20th 2015

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | New Works from Dirt Meridian and Cuba

Nov 28th - Feb 20th 2016

Todd Hido | Todd Hido|Selections From A Survey: ‘Khrystyna’s World’

Sep 12th - Nov 21st 2015

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | Alluring Hell

Jun 6th - Aug 15th 2015

Araki | Araki | August and Megumi Kagurazaka

Dec 20th - Feb 28th 2015

Barry Reigate | One Cannot Get Fingerprints From A Rock

Oct 4th - Dec 6th 2014

Unseen Photofair 2014

Sep 18th - Sep 21st 2014

Beauty of Darkness II

Jun 21st - Aug 4th 2014

Miles Aldridge | One Black & White and Twenty Four Colour Photographs

Mar 8th - May 10th 2014

Robert Yarber | Robert Yarber | Panic Pending

Dec 6th - Jan 25th 2014

Artissima 2013

Nov 8th - Nov 10th 2013

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Wherever You Are Whatever You’re Doing This One’s For You

Sep 20th - Nov 24th 2013

Unseen 2013

Sep 26th - Sep 29th 2013

Something Like Summer

Jul 17th - Sep 13th 2013

John Copeland | All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

May 25th - Jul 16th 2013

Hisaji Hara | Hisaji Hara | A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus

Mar 23rd - May 11th 2013

Arco 2013

Feb 13th - Feb 17th 2013

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Climbing To Moon

Sep 29th - Dec 31st 2012

Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair

Dec 6th - Dec 9th 2012

Daido Moriyama | Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something

May 19th - Jul 28th 2012

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | Glass Paintings

Apr 7th - May 16th 2012

Arco Madrid 2012

Feb 15th - Feb 19th 2012

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen | Animal Abstraction

Nov 12th - Dec 10th 2011

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Rocky 6

Jul 9th - Sep 13th 2011

Moby | ‘Destroyed’ – Booksigning and Exhibition

May 31st - Jun 16th 2011

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | It Was Once a Paradise

Jun 1st - Jul 16th 2011

| John Copeland | Times of Grace

Nov 27th - Feb 15th 2011

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | Making History

Apr 10th - Jun 7th 2010

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember

Sep 18th - Nov 9th 2010

| Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe

Mar 14th - Jun 7th 2010

Alla Esipovich | No Comment

Jan 15th - Mar 13th 2010

Contemporary and Vintage Photography

Sep 26th - Nov 28th 2009

David Lachapelle | David LaChapelle | The Rape of Africa

Jun 6th - Jul 31st 2009

Bill Owens | Bill Owens | Riots & New Suburbia

Feb 28th - Apr 4th 2009

Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | Acid Candy

May 3rd - Jul 5th 2008