Statement Photographer recognized for personal project

Statement Photographer recognized for personal project

A torn remnant of an American flag with a personal message written to Kurt Cobain lies along the muddy banks of the Wishkah River and under a bridge once frequented by the reluctant rock star in the hard luck milltown of Aberdeen, Washington USA. The bridge has become an unofficial shrine to the fallen Cobain.

Statement photographer Tom Hyde’s photo essay “After the Fall” recently received an honorable mention and was listed as one of the top 30 submissions in the Emerging Photographer Grant sponsored by David Alan Harvey’s Burn Magazine and awarded by the Magnum Cultural Foundation, a non-profit created by the members of Magnum Photos. The essay will appear on Burn Magazine ( in the coming year. Judges for the 2011 grant were Trent Parke, Narelle Autio, Maggie Steber, and Barbara Strauss.

After the Fall is an exploration of the greater valley where the photographer lives in Washington State USA, an area best known for clearcut logging, rain, the birthplace of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana and Grunge music, and the cultural aftermath of unsustainable resource extraction.

“I find one of the most difficult things to do as a photographer is to be able to step back enough to see with fresh eyes those things you see everyday in your own backyard,” Hyde said. “This work is a first step in a long-term personal project.”

Hyde joined Statement Images in 2010. He has a background in conservation, environmental policy and journalism.


By: Statement Photographers