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I invite you to join me at Anastasia Photo gallery in Manhattan for the artist reception of Blue Sky Days on Thursday Oct. 13, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

Starting in 2013, I traveled across America to aerially photograph the kind of gatherings that have become habitual targets for drone strikes abroad — including weddings, funerals, and groups of people praying or exercising. I also flew my camera over settings where government surveillance drones have been used domestically.

In October 2012, a drone strike in northeast Pakistan killed a 67-year-old woman picking okra outside her home. At a U.S. Congressional hearing held in Washington in October 2013, the woman’s 13-year-old grandson, Zubair Rehman, spoke to a group of lawmakers. “I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman, who was injured by shrapnel in the attack. “In fact, I now prefer gray skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are gray.”

The images captured from the drone’s perspective engage with the changing nature of surveillance, personal privacy, and war.

The production of Blue Sky Days was supported with grants from the Pulitzer Center, and was first published by Harper’s magazine as a 16-page spread, the largest photo essay in the magazine’s 166-year history.

Anastasia Photo is located at 143 Ludlow Street, New York City, NY 10002 and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 7pm.  For further information or questions about visiting, please contact Cyril Merle at 212-677-9725 or cyril@anastasia-photo.com. 

Praise for Blue Sky Days

"Blue Sky Days is one of the most important photo essays done in the last few years. It tackles issues that are very difficult to photograph but central to modern existence – privacy, government intrusion and modern antiseptic warfare.” 

- James Estrin, Editor of the The New York Times LENS blog


"With simple, vivid means, Houtryve brings the war home."

- Teju Cole, Photography critic for The New York Times Magazine


"Conceptual in nature, grounded in metaphor, and presented in gorgeous black and white, his series Blue Sky Days sure looks like art."

-  Jordan G. Teicher, critic for Photograph Magazine


Honors for Blue Sky Days

•  ICP Infinity Award
•  World Press Photo, Second Prize
•  Photographic Museum of Humanity
•  White House News Photographers
•  POYi Award of Excellence
•  TIME’s Top 10 Photos of 2014
•  Aaron Siskind Fellowship Grant
•  Pulitzer Center Grant
•  Getty Grant 

Past Blue Sky Days solo shows

July 2016 Couthures, France
May 2016 Toronto, Canada
Oct 2015 Bayeux, France
July 2015 Cortona, Italy
July 2015 Barcelona, Spain

Past Blue Sky Days group shows

Sept 2016 Copenhagen, Denmark
Jan 2016 Saint Louis, USA
Oct 2015 Budapest, Hungary
Mar 2015 Dubai, UAE
Nov 2014 New York City, USA
Apr 2014 Brooklyn, USA


featuring Blue Sky Days

Sept. 16, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO

Artist talk Oct. 6 at 6:00 - 7:00pm

featuring Blue Sky Days

Nov. 1, 2016 - Feb. 19, 2017

SE Center for Contemporary Art 
750 Marguerite Drive,
Winston-Salem, NC 

Artist talk Nov. 17 at 6:00 - 8:00pm

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