December 2014 Newsletter with events and publications.
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December 2014 Newsletter

DRONE COUNTRY: AMERICA FROM ABOVE
New work and publication
TIME is publishing exclusive new images from my ongoing Blue Sky Days project as a 10-page spread in print and a 16-image portfolio online. Excerpt from the article by Lev Grossman:
"When a drone looks at a thing, that thing has a way of looking like a target. People become silhouettes at a shooting range. Buildings look vulnerable, their roofs helplessly exposed and defenseless. Most colors disappear, and the remaining blacks, whites and greys evacuate the scene of all human meaning. What we see becomes data: body counts, damage reports, strategic value…

Tomas van Houtryve looks at America through the eyes of a drone, a small quadcopter he bought online and equipped with a high-resolution camera. “A drone seems particularly appropriate because it’s increasingly how America views the rest of the world,” he says. “I wanted to turn things around. What do we look like from a drone’s-eye view? Suspicious? Prosperous? Free and happy?” Every age brings with it new technology for looking at the world. Van Houtryve has embraced the technology of ours…"  

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2014 RECOGNITION
 

A photo from the latest work was selected by TIME as one of their Top 10 Photos of 2014. Three of my photos were also chosen by Mashable for the 19 Best Drone Photos of 2014. Reenforcing our existing relationship, the Pulitzer Center recently extended their support for my drone project. Production was also aided this year by a grant from the Aaron Siskind Foundation.

 
2014 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Many people added their support and energy to my drone project this year, and I'd like to sincerely thank them, including Stacey D. Clarkson, Kira Pollak, Myles Little, Yukiko Yamagata, Amy Yenkin, Siobhan Riordan, Jean-François Leroy, Anna Van Lenten, Liza Faktor, James Estrin, Rena Silverman, Janna Dotschkal, Ruth Eichhorn, Venita Kaleps, Jan Desloover, Lucy Conticello, Laure Troussiere, Jenny Smets, Lucy Davies, Caroline Hunter, Laurence Butet-Roch, Nyshie Perkinson, Mathilde Damoisel, Brian Sokol, Sebastien Van Malleghem, Tommaso Barracco, Philippe Bachelier, Payram, Steve Shapiro, Ben Wizner, Nathalie Applewhite, Tom Hundley and Jon Sawyer.

Other important work this year was made possible by Magdalena Herrera, Molly Roberts and Stefano De Luigi.
 
MORE RECENT PUBLICATIONS
 

Images from the Blue Sky Days project were recently featured in NZZ, MSNBC, The Intercept, l'Oeil de la Photographie, the British Journal of Photography and The New York Times and other publications.

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 UPCOMING WORKSHOP
 
Leica Akademie Workshop

Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2015
Tuition: 290 Euros
Maximum enrollment: 10
Location: Milan, Italy

More info »
 

ONGOING EXHIBITION
 
WATCHING ME, WATCHING YOU
Featuring Blue Sky Days

Open weekdays through May 8, 2015

Open Society Foundations
224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

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BEHIND THE SCENES
GLIMPSE ON INSTAGRAM
 

Join my 27,000+ followers on Instagram to get a peek at the making-of my projects, assignments and prints at @TomasVH.
 

AMAZON.COM COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
 
Please help me pressure Amazon.com to stop selling products which infringe on my copyright. 

Last week, I noticed that Amazon.com was selling mobile phone and iPad cases decorated with my photo which was published on Dec. 8 on TIME.com.

I've sent multiple emails to their copyright department, but so far they have only partially complied to my request to remove the illegal products. The also refuse to provide the contact information of their authorized third-party vendors who are making the cases.

You can help by writing directly to Amazon in protest (copyright@amazon.com), leaving negative product reviews on the illegal items, or  by  sharing the following links on your social media:

http://instagram.com/p/w5rH1_Km89/

http://instagram.com/p/w4DSfCqmyl/

 
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