He's launched photographs into space, snapped pictures of secret government bases, and designed the world's first public art satellite. This year alone has seen the artist "leak" photographs of elusive NSA bases in both Maryland and the UK. Given his time-honored penchant for documenting the invisible, it comes as no surprise that alongside former U.N. Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue and U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren, American artist Trevor Paglen has been selected as a "distinguished winner" of the 2014 Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Pioneer award.
Held on October 2, 2014, at the Lodge at the Regency Center in San Francisco, the EFF awards their Pioneer title to individuals who have "helped the world understand how technology and civil liberties are interwoven into our lives, and each is still working to protect our freedom and fight abuses," according to EFF director Shari Steele.
Says the digital rights advocacy organization, "Paglen's groundbreaking projects exposing government secrecy have included documenting U.S. government drone flights, using high-end optical systems to photograph top-secret governmental sites, and tracking classified spacecraft in Earth's orbit." Below, The Creators Project's documentary on Trevor Paglen: