Photo Gallery: Todd Hido’s Drive on the Darkside

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Photographing the underbelly of the American dream, Todd Hido takes a voyeuristic view of tawdry suburban houses lit from within at night, naked and scantily clad women lying on unmade beds in cheap hotel rooms, and romantic landscapes shot through rain swept windshields from the driver’s seat of a car. Menacing and strange, like scenes out of film noir cinema or the poetic imaginings of a reclusive painter, Hido’s dark vision of suburbia, its outskirts, and the people that pass through them both seem truer to fact today than in the distant past, when Americans contemplated a better future and got it. Hido captures the poverty that remains and beautifully juxtaposes the results in a haunting exhibition at New York’s Bruce Silverstein Gallery.

Todd Hido: Fragmented Narratives is on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery through February 12.

Click through below for a gallery of images by the artist.

Todd Hido, 3946, 2005, Chromogenic print, 30 x 38 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 9308, 2010, Chromogenic print, 38 x 48 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 1843, 1996, Chromogenic print, 38 x 30 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 5951, 2006, Chromogenic print, 20 x 24 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 2871-a, 2001, Chromogenic print, 20 x 24 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 3760-b, 2005, Chromogenic print, 24 x 20 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 5430, 2009, Chromogenic print, 38 x 48 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 9545-c, 2010, Chromogenic print, 24 x 20 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 2625, 2004, Chromogenic print, 24 x 20 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 4313, 2005, Chromogenic print, 30 x 38 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 1432-a, 1996, Chromogenic print, 24 x 20 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 4153, 2005, Chromogenic print, 20 x 24 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 3878, 2005, Chromogenic print, 38 x 30 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

Todd Hido, 2676, 2000, Chromogenic print, 48 x 38 inches, © Todd Hido, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY