(c) Todd Hido 2018


TODD HIDO: Nocturnal Narratives: The Night Urban & Desert Landscape


Orientation Sunday, May 6th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday, May 7th – Wednesday, May 9th, 3:00pm – 12:00am. Thursday, May 10th 9:00am – 11:00am

The nocturnal illumination in Todd Hido’s work has been a staple in his images. He is known to be a master of nuancing dark light and creating a cinematic narrative. In this workshop Todd will share his techniques and his methods as well as discuss his sources and influences. He has a generous teaching method that often propels students, even seasoned professionals back into their work with a new sense of purpose.

Night light, weather phenomena, and differing temperatures of electric illumination lend an eerie quality to Todd Hido’s unique landscape photographs. The course will cover the experiences, strategies, and influences that form and shape his work. He will candidly present his own work and provide his answers to the elusive questions all photographers ask themselves: Where does my work come from? What does it say? How can I express myself more effectively? What does it mean—and how important is that? The friendly review of student portfolios will follow, and each student will receive personalized feedback and tasks for improvement.

Day One: Talk about work. Todd will present his recent work and review the work of the attendees.Todd will join attendees as it makes its first excursion to photograph in the Salton Sea and Indio areas.

Day Two: Hido will spend the afternoon session discussing techniques and objectives / his process with the class. After dinner, between 9 and midnight, Todd will join attendees in the field as they discover interesting opportunities for twilight and night photography of the urban and desert landscape surrounding Palm Springs.

Day Three: Class will again meet in mid-afternoon and Todd will review attendee work made the prior night. As sunset approaches, the class will break into groups and carry out an assignment to shoot in the nearby urban / desert landscape. There will be a van provided to drop off and pick up attendees at appointed locations.

Day Four: Review attendee work made the prior night.

Price: $1230.

Includes class transportation. Because of the late schedules for this class, a boxed lunch will be provided for the first day of the workshop only.



Todd Hido a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist whose work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Eyemazing, Wired, Elephant, FOAM, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Getty, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young, the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. Most notably, Pier 24 Photography holds the archive of all his published works.

He has published over a dozen books; his most recent monograph titled Excerpts from Silver Meadows was released in 2013, along with an innovative B-sides box set designed to function as a companion piece to his award-winning monograph. Aperture has published his mid-career survey entitled Intimate Distance: Twenty-five Years of Photographs, a Chronological Album in October of 2016. His Next book titled Bright Black World will be released in 2018.

Hido holds an M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts and the School of the Museum 
of Fine Arts, Boston.