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      Trevor Paglen Documents Government Secrecy Through Photography

      Taking photographs of secret government bases sounds complicated enough, but imagine capturing images of hidden places from over 30 miles away and even fewer individuals have used government surveillance institutions and programs as a platform to investigate an even bigger and broader topic: the invisible. Enter Trevor Paglen, an artist, geographer, and counter-surveillance researcher—Pa...

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      Taking photographs of secret government bases sounds complicated enough, but imagine capturing images of hidden places from over 30 miles away and even fewer individuals have used government surveillance institutions and programs as a platform to investigate an even bigger and broader topic: the invisible. Enter Trevor Paglen, an artist, geographer, and counter-surveillance researcher—Paglen takes non-subjects like hidden objects, secret ideas, ghostly organizations, and simultaneously dissects and spotlights them with his camera.

       

      His work has comprehensively described the CIA's extraordinary rendition program, delved into black projects by examining unit patches and insignia created for top-secret programs, captured government satellites on film as they (feasibly) photographed him, and documented secret military bases using telescopic tools.

       

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