news and updates | visual projects | books, articles, and essays | media and reviews | odds, ends, and blog | bio | contact

Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes is 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.


Now in Paperback

Blank Spots is an important, well-researched, and insightful expose that opens a window into the black world of secret operations. Paglen’s conclusion that ‘our own history, in large part, has become a state secret’ is both a warning and a call to arms. It is time to heed the warning and take up arms.”

—John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman

“A chillingly literal tour de force. Paglen doesn’t so much fill in the blanks as trace their outlines and give their shifting shapes a density that says as much about the future of democracy as it does about the dismal confines of the black world.”

—Derek Gregory, Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia

Untitled (Reaper Drone) (2010)


ART FORUM (May 2011)

FRIEZE (April 2011)

Art Forum Critic's Pick (April 2011)

ArtReview "Future Greats" (March 2011)


- "After the Gold Rush" Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

- “Magical Consciousness,” Arnolfini, Bristol, England

- "Unhuman" Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, CA

- "Trevor Paglen" Secession, Vienna, Austria

- "A Hidden Landscape" Aksioma, Ljubljana, Slovenia

- "FREE" New Museum, New York, NY

- "Eknæs / Paglen / Ukeles / Vertov" Kunsthall Oslo, Norway


- "Exposed" Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

- 2011 Medellin Biennale, Meddellin, Colombia

- 4th Gwangju Design Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea




- Event at SFMOMA: "Is Photography Over?" April 22nd and 23rd, 2010.

- The Quebec City biennial, Manif d'art 5, opens May 1st. Curated by Sylvie Fortin, the show is entitled “Catastrophe? Quelle catastrophe!”

- An article about my work in California Magazine.

- A Night Sky of Mystery and Wonder: Review of Toronto Star Party; Installation on view at the Power Plant