Trevor Paglen is an American photographer and contemporary artist. Trevor Paglen was born in the state of Maryland in the year 1974.
Paglen earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The artist also earned a PhD in geography from the University of California at Berkeley.
Paglen currently works for the U. of C. at Berkeley as a researcher.
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A recurring them in the work of Paglen is the idea of mass surveillance and the collection of data by the government.
In this clip from the wonderful Art21 series by P.B.S. a behind the scenes of Paglen’s art:
Paglen is given credit for creating a style his own style that he refers to as “Experimental Geography.” A mix of cultural ideas alongside geography.
Paglen has chosen a subject matter familiar to everyone these days. Some artists such as Banksy have made certain works about the subject, but much of Paglen’s entire artistic output is dedicated to this subject matter.