Todd Forsgren: Birdwatcher and Ecologist

Todd R. Forsgren uses photography to examine themes of ecology, environmentalism, and perceptions of landscape while striving to strike a balance between art history and natural history.  To do so, Forsgren uses a range of photographic approaches, from documentary strategies to experimental techniques.  His work has been shown at numerous venues and has been featured in National Geographic, Nature, and TIME’s Lightbox, to name a few.

His Ornithological Photographs depict birds that have been caught in mist nets as part of scientific surveys and ornithological research.  Today, many bird-watchers share a similar goal to the famous bird painter, John James Audubon: to record every species in the country on their personal “life lists.” Forsgren says, “My photographs are a reflection on this need to personally see, observe, and capture diversity.”

Forsgren studied biology and visual arts at Bowdoin College and photography at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and J.E. Purkyně University of Czech Republic.  He was an artist-in-residence in Oregon, Connecticut, Maryland and was a Fulbright Fellow in Mongolia.  Forsgren published his book Ornithological Photographs, designed in a “field guide” style, in 2015.  He resides in Alexandria, Virginia.


Sponsored by: Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council and The Star Democrat


April 22, 2017 - May 30, 2017


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