Until the publication of Between the Two, in 2007, Todd Hido had not published or exhibited his portrait work, though he worked on it consistently. Portraits are the primary drive of this book, which maintains its introversion, even when allowing for direct encounters and eye-contact with people, whose existence is only implied in previous books.
Primarily, the camera finds women in anonymous but ostensibly American settings — the bare motel room, the suburban basement bedroom. The expressions captured on film range from defiance to resignation, but primarily they demonstrate an inscrutability.
The photographs are intimate and direct. Though there is a strong connection between photographer and model, the connection between photograph and viewer is stronger still — even if undefined. The title of the book points to those spaces between photographer and subject, photograph and viewer, and between one photograph and the next, in which a narrative (or tension) inevitably forms. ‘It is an unmistakable nod to the book being about relationships,’ Hido acknowledges.
Text by Katya Tylevich
Between the two
Post Tool Design
2006/2007 (second printing)
38 x 31 cm