Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2002. 56 pp., 26 four-color illustrations, 14x17".
This stunning new book by Todd Hido is a perfect companion volume to his first title, House Hunting, which was named "Best First Monograph of 2001" by Photo-Eye and is now a Limited Quantity title. Hido's large-format color photographs of suburbia convey an aura of loneliness, mystery and isolation while managing, at the same time, to exude comfort and even warmth. His portraits of tract homes are imbued with an eerie softness, their exteriors glowing invitingly - or is it ominously? - in the cool night air. An essay by the eminent writer Luc Sante, entitled "Stranger," brilliantly echoes Hido's work and is a fine introduction to the book. Todd Hido was the recipient of the 2001 Eureka Fellowship. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the New Orleans Museum of Art, as well as in other public and private collections." From Mary Hull Webster, Artweek: "Photography is arguably the most accomplished art form of the moment, and one of its most intelligent practitioners is Todd Hido.