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Invisible Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes

ISBN-10: 1597111309
ISBN-13: 9781597111300
Edition: 2010
List price: $32.00
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Description: Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapesis Trevor Paglen's long-awaited first photographic monograph. Social scientist, artist, writer and provocateur, Paglen has been exploring the secret activities of the U.S. military and  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Aperture Foundation, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/19/1910
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 10.00" wide x 11.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapesis Trevor Paglen's long-awaited first photographic monograph. Social scientist, artist, writer and provocateur, Paglen has been exploring the secret activities of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies--the "black world"--for the last eight years, publishing, speaking and making astonishing photographs. As an artist, Paglen is interested in the idea of photography as truth-telling, but his pictures often stop short of traditional ideas of documentation. In the series Limit Telephotography, for example, he employs high-end optical systems to photograph top-secret governmental sites; and in The Other Night Sky, he uses the data of amateur satellite watchers to track and photograph classified spacecraft in Earth's orbit. In other works Paglen transforms documents such as passports, flight data and aliases of CIA operatives into art objects. Rebecca Solnit contributes a searing essay that traces this history of clandestine military activity on the American landscape.

TREVOR PAGLEN is a geographer by training, and an expert on clandestine military installations. He leads expeditions to the secret bases of the American West and is the author, with A.C. Thompson, ofTorture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights, which theNew York Timespraised as “the real thing . . . and not on the evening news.”

Rebecca Solnit writes extensively on photography and landscape. She is a contributing editor to Art Issues and Creative Camera and is the author of three books. She has contributed essays to several museum catalogues including Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach and the Whitney Museum's Beat Culture and the New America. She was a 1993 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

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