Dan Torop: Lone Garden, Lone Lake

Photograph of a side of a red and tan checkered building with a messy rock wall in front of it.

This lecture has been postponed from Tuesday, April 10 to Monday, April 23 at 5:15 p.m. in Milstein Auditorium.

Dan Torop is a photographer whose images examine how we shape and imagine the land.

Torop's project Chapter XVIII, based on a text by Mark Twain describing a desert which defeats romantic notions of exploration, is on long-term view at the Center for Land Use Interpretation's exhibit hall in Wendover, Utah. In 2015 Torop completed Frozen Period, a series of intensely imagined photographs of a managed yet enchanted natural space. This resulted in the catalog Dan Torop: Frozen Period (Bradley Family Foundation) and exhibitions at the Lynden Sculpture Garden and the Green Gallery, Milwaukee. His series of landscapes and portraits, Skydiving, was exhibited at Derek Eller Gallery, New York City; and comprised a publication from A-Jump Books, which the International Center for Photography featured in its 2013 triennial photo books installation.

Torop's digital Ocean has been installed at the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York City and the San Francisco Exploratorium. Triple Canopy, Paper Monument, Cabinet, and other periodicals have published Torop's images and writing. The MacDowell Colony, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Teachers College, and Eyebeam have granted him residencies.

Torop is coeditor of ASMR4, a series of small photography monographs. He contributes code to darktable, an open source tool for processing photographs. Torop has taught at Columbia University, Florida State University, City College, New York University, and Parsons. He received a B.A. from Harvard and an M.F.A. from Yale. He lives in Brooklyn and is currently photographing the environs of a nearly fallow garden and a nearly vanished lake.