Tod Papageorge

Biography

In the 1960s, Tod Papageorge had a close artistic exchange with Garry Winogrand. Both artists used to meet almost daily to take photographs in the streets of New York. During those days, some icons of photography history originated, which with their intuition and intensity exude a unique kind of lightness. 


As a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and a teaching professor at Yale University for many years, Papageorge’s influence on contemporary photography can hardly be overestimated. Renowned photographers like Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Gregory Crewdson, or Anna Gaskell were among his students. All of Tod Papageorge’s works are based on an interest in people as social beings. Be it his images of sports stadiums, his photographs of everyday life in Central Park or the images from the legendary New York night club Studio 54, that was frequented by the likes of Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Mick Jagger and Grace Jones, in all his photographs people are characterized through the group they belong to and their experience of the present moment. Papageorge always had his camera at hand and between 1978 and 1980 he celebrated with the rich and beautiful, the artists and starlets; even today viewers can witness the eccentric and hedonistic party nights in his photographs. They revive the feeling of the disco era and express a profoundly urban spirit of directness, which condensed in New York at that time.


His works are intense portraits of America marked by a powerful authenticity.


Biography

Born 1940 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.

Lives and works in New York, USA.

Education

1979 – 2013

Walker Evans Professor of Photography/Director of Graduate Studies in Photography, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut

1978 – 1979

Walker Evans Visiting Professor of Photography, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut

1975 – 1976

Lecturer in Visual Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1974 – 1975

Lecturer in Photography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1972 – 1974

Adjunct Lecturer in Photography, Queens College, Flushing, New York

1971 – 1974

Visiting Instructor in Photography, Cooper Union School of Art, New York

Visiting Instructor in Photography, Pratt Institute of Art, New York

1969 – 1972

Visiting Instructor in Photography, Parsons School of Design, New York

1969

M.A., Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

1962

B.A., University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

Grants and Awards

2012

Lucie Award for Achievement in Documentary

2010

The Rome Commission, Rome Photography Festival, Rome, Italy

2009

Resident in the Visual Art, the American Academy in Rome, Italy

Shortlist, Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

1979

National Endowment for the Arts Grant

1977

Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography

1976

Fellowship-Grant in Photography, National Endowment for the Arts

1973

Fellowship-Grant in Photography, National Endowment for the Arts

1970

Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2023-2024           
Tod Papageorge: Studio 54, Zander Galerie, Paris, France 

2023

Tod Papageorge. At the Beach, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2022

Tod Papageorge. The Beaches, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California

2021-2022

Tod Papageorge. War & Peace in New York, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

2021
Tod Papageorge. On The Acropolis, Danziger Gallery, New York & Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California, USA (curated by Noah Baumbach)

2020  
Tod Papageorge: Studio 54, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow / Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia 

2018
Tod Papageorge, Dr. Blankman’s New York, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2016

Tod Papageorge. Six-neuf, 1975-1990, Le Château d’ Eau, Toulouse, France

2014

Tod Papageorge. Studio 54, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2010

Tod Papageorge. Opera Città, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome, Italy

1981

Tod Papageorge, The Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio

1978

Photographs by Tod Papageorge, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1976

Tod Papageorge, The University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 – 2024

This Is Me, This Is You. The Eva Felten Photography Collection, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany

2022

“Earth: A Retrospective”. El Ultimo Grito and the Per Amor a l’Art Collection, Bombas Gens Centre d’Art, València, Spain

Sculpting Reality. Per Amor a l’Art Collection, PhotoEspaña 2022, Círculo de Bellas Artes & Casa de América, Madrid, Spain

Menschen auf der Straße, Märkisches Museum, Witten, Germany

2020

Emotion and Structure, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2018 – 2019

The Flâneur. From Impressionism to the Present, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

2014

The Social Medium, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Only The Good Ones: The Snapshot Aesthetic Revisited, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic

2012

Walker Evans & The American Social Landscape Photographers, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania

2011

America: Now & Here, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Exposed: Photography & the Classical Nude, Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2010

The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

In the Vernacular, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

A Question of Time, American Academy of Rome, Rome, Italy

2009

Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West, Museum of Modern Art, New York

American Street Photography from the 40s to the 80s, Vienna City Museum, Vienna, Austria

Picturing New York: Photographs from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, City Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland and La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain

De Malangatana a Pedro Cabrita Reis, Obras da Colecção Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Centro de Artes de Sines, Sines, Portugal

De Malangatana a Pedro Cabrita Reis – Obras da Colecção Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Mosteiro São Martinho de Tibães, Braga, Portugal

Deutsche Börse, Photography Prize 2009, C/O Berlin, Germany

Reality Revisted, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2009, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

This Is Not a Fashion Photograph: Selections from the ICP Collection, International Center of Photography, New York

2006

The Printed Picture, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Signs of the Times, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

2004

Super Hist of the ’70s – Photographs from the Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2003

Affinities…Now and Then, H&R Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

2002

Life of the City, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2001

Selections from the Permanent Collection, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

2000

The Persistence of Photography in American Portraiture, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

1999

Modern Starts, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Photographing the Intangible, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, Massachusetts

1996

Recent Acquisitions, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Oregon

1995

The Permanent Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1991

Mean Streets, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Pop Goes America!, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

1990

A Collection of Photographs, Jewett Museum of Art, Wellesley College (with Harold Edgerton, Frank Gohlke, and Aaron Siskind), Wellesley, Massachusetts

New York, New York: The City in Photographs, Worchester Art Museum, Worchester, Massachusetts

1987

Diamonds Are Forever, New York State Museum, Albany, New York

Central Park, Tod Papageorge, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander, The Dairy, Central Park, New York

American Dreams, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

1985

Eloquent Light: American Photography 1945-1980, Barbican National Gallery, London, UK

1984

The Dog Observed, The Dog Museum, New York

Exposed and Developed: National Endowment for the Arts Photographers, National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.

The Family of Man, 1955-1984, Institute for Art and Human Resources, Long Island City, New York

1983

Phototypes: The Development of Photography in New York City, Whitney Museum of Art, New York

Night Time, New York: 1930-1982, The City Gallery, New York Cultural Center, New York

Contemporary Photography, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York

1982

Three Generations: Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Tod Papageorge, The University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

1980

American Images: New Work by Twenty Contemporary Photographers, International Center of Photography, New York

Mirrors and Windows: American Photography Since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Great West: Real/Ideal, International Center of Photography, New York

1979

American Photography in the ‘70s, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1978

Mirrors and Windows, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1977

Photographs from the Target Collection, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Courthouse, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Three Photographers, The Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts

1976

American Photography, Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

One Hundred Master Photographs, from the Collection of the MoMa, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

The American Courthouse (with Stephen Shore), The Seagram’s Building, New York

1975

Fourteen American Photographers, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

1974

New Images in Photography: Object and Illusion, The Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida

Public Landscapes: An Exhibition of Photographs, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Recent Acquisitions, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1973

Recent Acquisitions, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1971

Recent Acquisitions, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1970

Photography: The Descriptive Tradition, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

1969

Vision and Expression, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

Selected Bibliography

2019

Tod Papageorge. On the Acropolis, Stanley/Barker, London, UK

2018

Tod Papageorge. Dr. Blankman´s New York, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany

2014

Tod Papageorge. Studio 54, Stanley Barker, London, UK

2011

Papageorge, Tod / Core Curriculum: Writings on Photography, Aperture, New York

2010

Papageorge, Tod: Opera Città, Punctum Press, Rome, Italy

Maroci, Roxana: The Original Copy. Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2009

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize. Paul Graham, Emily Jacir, Tod Papageorge and Taryn Simon, London, UK

2007

Mora, Gilles: The Last Photographic Heroes. American Photographers of the Sixties and Seventies, Abrams Books, New York

2008

Tod Papageorge. American Sports, 1970, or How We Spent the War in Vietnam, New York

2007

Tod Papageorge. Passing Through Eden, Photographs of Central Park, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany

2001

Real Life: Photographs of Tod Papageorge, Index Magazine, Issue April/May 2001

2000

Galassi, Peter: Walker Evans and Company, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1999

Elderfield, John: Modern Starts, Museum of Modern Art, New York

An American Century of Photography, Harry Abrams Inc., New York

1994

Westerbeck, Colin / Meyerowitz, Joel: Bystander. A History of Street Photography, Bullfinch Press, Boston, Massachusetts

1985

Turner, Peter: American Images. Photography 1945-1980, Viking Press, New York

Auer, Michele and Michel: Photographers’ International Encyclopedia, 1939 to the Present, Camera Obscura Editions, Hermance, Switzerland

Jussim, Estelle / Elizabeth Lindquist: Landscape as Photograph, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut

1984

Green, Jonathan: American Photography. A Critical History, Harry Abrams Inc., New York

1983

The History and the Collection, Harry Abrams Inc., Museum of Modern Art, New York

Appel, Alfred: Signs of Life, Alfred Knopf Inc., New York

1982

Stange, Maren: Contemporary Photographers, Martin’s Press, New York

1979

Danese, Renato: American Images. New Work by Twenty American Photographers, McGraw Hill, New York

1978

Courthouse, Horizon Press, New York

1975

Fourteen American Photographers, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

1974

Green, Jonathan: The Snapshot, Aperture, New York

Public Collections

Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France

Canadian Center of Architecture, Montreal, Canada

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona

City Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

KMS Fine Art Group, Baar, Switzerland

Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California

The National Exchange Bank, Chicago, Illinois

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, East Logan, Utah

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Seagram’s, Inc., New York

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

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