Overview participating exhibitions

Der Aa-kerk

Der Aa-kerk

Todd Forsgren


When binoculars, microphones and telephoto lenses are insufficient for their research, ornithologists hang up some mist nets. These barely visible nets function as huge spider webs for birds. In ORNITHOLOGICAL PHOTOGRAPHS, Todd Forsgren captured the moment just before scientists took the birds out of the nets to be weighed, measured, tagged and then released again. They are short moments in which the birds look uncomfortable, scared, angry and vulnerable. The netting and the clear background evoke a scientific atmosphere; with which Forsgren raises questions concerning the logistics and ethics of nature photography.


Todd Forsgren (United States, 1981) studied Biology and Visual Arts at Bowdoin College in Brunswick (Maine), Photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and gained a Master’s degree in Photography at the Univerzita Jan Evangelista PurkynÄ› in Ústí nad Labem in the Czech Republic. His work has been featured in the National Geographic, The Guardian, Nature and the New Scientist. Forsgren has lectured in photography at Corcoran College of Art and Design at George Washington University, at the Maryland Institute College of Art and at St. Mary's College of Maryland.