A Conversation with Todd Hido

A little more than a week ago Todd Hido’s show at Reflex Amsterdam ended. “Selections from a Survey: Khrystyna’s World” comprised 37 works, both seen and unseen, ranging from intimate shots to prepossessing large-scale images.

Famous was very happy that it had the opportunity to ask Todd Hido a couple of questions about his work and inspirations. You can read the interview below and please note that we still have the book and the poster that accompanied the exhibition available in our webshop.

Famous: We have noticed a new element in your show, a collage. Could you tell us more about your motivations to add this type of work to the exhibition and how it relates to what you want to convey to the viewer?

Todd Hido: “My motivation to show some of the collages that I was already doing in my studio has been to open up a deeper investigation into super complicated narratives that can’t be made with just a few images nor can it be made with a book because the one thing that the collage provides the viewer is the opportunity is to see every image at once and together.”

Famous: Following up on that question: we noticed that the pictures in your collage are often wrinkled, not cut out straight, and they seemed to have had a life already. In that way, they clearly show your hand. Is this on purpose and if so, could you elaborate on why you did this?

Todd Hido: “It’s absolutely on purpose, there’s nothing I’ve ever released to an audience that’s accidental. My reason for using images that have had a life already is I’ve always loved the objects that I use to sort through my work and make my books and shows become artifacts in themselves. I think there’s something very curious in this day and age of digital everything to actually have the original print that I carried in my pocket or bag for weeks or months or even years because having an authentic artifact that’s actually used in the process of making a work of art is something that we all need these days — a real thing.”

Famous: You are known to have a liking of Japanese photography. Could you explain to us what exactly draws you to it, and in what way it inspires you? Of course we’re also very curious about which artists you’d recommend to our readers and us.

Todd Hido: “Yes I’ve always had a fondness for Moriyama, Araki, and more recently Daisuke Yokota. I think that one of the most compelling things that I am drawn to in all of their work is that there’s an immediacy, and there seems to be some sense of urgency as to why they’ve recorded what it is they record. It’s raw, it’s rough, and it’s highly authentic.”

Alex Daniels, Todd Hido and Diederik van Rooijen at the opening of Todd Hido’s show ‘Khrystyna’s World’ at Reflex Amsterdam. All rights reserved.