These Drone Photos Show Life at the U.S.-Mexico Border

'On the border, cameras are used for targeting and apprehension. The photographic medium has been weaponized.'

The President’s wall has yet to become reality. Still, a handful of companies are working on prototype designs, despite worries that a physical wall would be too costly, cause environmental problems, and fail to address smuggling. Others have suggested the idea of a “virtual wall,” using cameras, drones, motion sensors and other high-tech measures to spot those making the perilous crossing. Today’s border is increasingly technological, a mixture of walls, fences and devices both seen and unseen to dissuade would-be crossers. Cameras, both on the ground and in the sky on drones, are at the heart of it all. That’s what caught the attention of Belgian photojournalist Tomas van Houtryve, who has been photographing the border from above with a drone of his own.

These 3 Photojournalists Receive the $30,000 Catchlight Grant - Feature Shoot

Students from School #18 perform a show at the local theater in Sergiyev Posad, Russia, 15 Dec 2016. The show promotes the cadet school at School #18. © Sarah Blesener…

On April 25th, photojournalists Sarah Blesener, Brian Frank and Tomas van Houtryve were named the Inaugural Catchlight Fellows. Each will receive a $30,000 grant to pursue their work with one of three Catchlight Media Partners: Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, The Marshall Project, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Iturbide, Fink, Van Houtryve to Be Honored at ICP Infinity Awards 2015 | PDNPulse

The International Center of Photography (ICP) announced their list of 2015 Infinity Award Winners this morning. The awards will be presented April 30 at a gala in New York City. The 2015 Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Graciela It

The 2015 Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Graciela Iturbide. ICP will give the award for Art to photographer Larry Fink. Tomas van Houtryve will receive this year’s award for Photojournalism.

Nat Geo Photog Says Amazon Won't Stop Selling His Stolen Photograph

Earlier this month, National Geographic photographer Tomas van Houtryve had one of his photographs selected by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Photos

All Amazon products mentioned in this post were still available on the Amazon website at the time of this post. The company has not responded yet to our request for comment, but we’ll update this post if/when they do.

See America From Above

Affordable drones are giving us a new—perhaps temporary—vantage on the world

Belgian photographer Tomas van Houtryve looks at America through the eyes of a drone, a small quadcopter he bought online and equipped with a high-resolution camera

Tomas van Houtryve: A Sky Full of Cameras

For the past 15 years I’ve worked as a professional photojournalist, inspired by the camera’s ability to connect human beings, document news, and capture beauty. But there is a darker side to how photography is used in our world today. Cameras are increas

there is a darker side to how photography is used in our world today. Cameras are increasingly deployed for surveillance, spying, or targeting. I often wonder whether these uses have already eclipsed traditional ones, such as portraiture and fine art. Are we at a point in the evolution of photography where the medium has become weaponized?

Tomas van Houtryve Drone Essay Longest Ever Published by Harper’s | PDNPulse

  Tomas van Houtryve takes on the proliferation of drones as weapons and as tools of surveillance in the April issue of Harper’s Magazine, in a photo essay titled “Blue Sky Days.” At 16 pages, it’s the largest picture story ever published by Harper’s. To

Tomas van Houtryve takes on the proliferation of drones as weapons and as tools of surveillance in the April issue of Harper’s Magazine, in a photo essay titled “Blue Sky Days.” At 16 pages, it’s the largest picture story ever published by Harper’s.

Artifacts: Photographer Tomas van Houtryve

Artifacts is a series about physical items that have meaning to photographers in the field. The items are styled, shot, and described by the photographers themselves. Tomas van Houtryve started out as a philosophy student but quickly discovered he had a p

Van Houtryve took our strange request in stride and dumped out his camera bag, removed a bit of gear to balance out his knick-knacks, then laid them all on sheet in his Parisian apartment.

Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography: Tomas van Houtryve

After spending seven years photographing life in countries under communist rule, Tomas van Houtryve has turned his attention to America's drone war. With the $10,000 awarded to him through the Getty Editorial Grant, he intends to use a drone-mounted camer

After spending seven years photographing life in countries under communist rule, Tomas van Houtryve has turned his attention to America's drone war. With the $10,000 awarded to him through the Getty Editorial Grant, he intends to use a drone-mounted camera in his work

LensCulture - Contemporary Photography

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Photojournalist Tomas Van Houtryve takes us behind the curtains of 21st century communism with seven years of photographs from China, Cuba, Laos, Moldova, Nepal, North Korea, and Vietnam. He presented this lecture and slideshow a few weeks ago at the Oslo Freedom Forum.

Van Houtryve Wins at POYi, with Help from Crowd Funding | PDNPulse

Tomas van Houtryve, whose “Behind the Curtains” photo essay has won this year’s World Understanding Award at POYi, completed the eight-year project with the help of money he raised through the crowd-funding site Emphas.is. We don’t know if this is the fir

Van Houtryve is currently using Emphas.is again in hopes of raising enough money to turn his recent work on North Korea into a book and exhibition.

VII Photo Agency Brings in New Members | PDNPulse

Three months after VII Pboto announced a shakeup to its structure, the changes at the photographers’ cooperative have finally played out with the announcement today of its new members. They are Davide Monteleone, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Lynsey Addario, Joc

They are Davide Monteleone, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Lynsey Addario, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Stefano de Luigi, Venetia Dearden, Jessica Dimmock, Adam Ferguson, Ashley Gilbertson, Seamus Murphy, Maciek Nabrdalik, Tomas Van Houtryve and Donald Weber.

Tomas Van Houtryve Tries Alternative Funding Methods - A Photo Editor

Photojournalist Tomas Van Houtryve has been testing alternative funding methods for his photography projects and I asked if he would give us a report on how it’s working out for him. His latest project is called “21st Century Communism” and he’s using Emp

Photojournalist Tomas Van Houtryve has been testing alternative funding methods for his photography projects and I asked if he would give us a report on how it’s working out for him. His latest project is called “21st Century Communism” and he’s using Emphas.is to fund it (here). Here’s what he had to say:

2010 The Year in Pictures

Below is a link to a retrospective slide show of my work this year, including my trip following the Ho Chi Minh Trail through Vietnam, a visit to the bizarre Republic of Kalmykia, the food crisis i…

a retrospective slide show of my work this year, including my trip following the Ho Chi Minh Trail through Vietnam, a visit to the bizarre Republic of Kalmykia, the food crisis in Niger, protests and rural landscapes from France, the floods in Pakistan and the American Ballet’s historic visit to Cuba

LensCulture - Contemporary Photography

Discover and share the best in contemporary photography

VII, The Magazine, in partnership with Lens Culture, released a rare glimpse inside contemporary North Korea, with this colorful slideshow. The soundtrack is a trippy heroic anthem called, "The Unforgettable Top Of Mount Osung" and is recorded by The Korean People's Army Merited Chorus.