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Waiting for Godot
Todd Hido
Fragmented Narratives
Todd Hido, “4313”, 2005

“Fragmented Narratives” is a compelling show of shows. It combines large color images from some of Hido’s well-known monographs—House Hunting, A Road Divided, Outskirts, and Between the Two— interspersed with work never exhibited before. It includes portraits of a white cat as well as virtually expressionless, isolated young women in various stages of dress or undress, standing, sitting or lying down. Who are they? Where are they? What are they doing?

 by unidentified photographer.
Todd,Hido,”9197”, 2010

They’re part of the “narrative” which is woven from unrelated evocative images that include: the inside of a foreclosed house, seedy motel rooms, twilight scenes of suburban tract homes illuminated from within by single bright lights, painterly photographs of deserted highways with threatening skies or landscapes shot through rain-swept windshields— the gloom is everywhere. The artist explains his motivation: “I don’t see it as my job to create meaning, but only to charge the air so that meaning can occur.” Perhaps that is why all of the 28 images use numbers, i.e., #9198, as titles—they are wordless and open to interpretation. They seem to have much to say. Mission accomplished, Mr. Hido.

Todd Hido
Fragmented Narratives


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The Genetic Wars by Barbara Confino
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Central Booking Magazine
Soho Photo Gallery