/ 2020 / Book / Documentary

American Idyll

  • Prize
    Silver in Book/Documentary
  • Photographer
    Todd R. Darling
  • Credit
    Todd R. Darling

Inspired by the work of the poet and doctor William Carlos Willams, these photographs of America’s first industrial city were taken in Paterson, New Jersey. By capturing the parades, house fires, political rallies, decaying landscapes, and the everyday lives of the city’s people, a lyrical interrogation of the American dream unfolds. The work explores the reality and myth of America through the story of a small, struggling city.

Todd R. Darling is an American photographer who grew up in New Jersey. Currently he resides in Hong Kong documenting the human rights movement there and studying for his BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Arts and Design. His work on Paterson was recognized with the 2017 British journal of Photography breakthrough award, PDN 8th annual exposure award, and it was the subject of a PBS documentary on the program, State of the Arts. 

Awards Grants & Awards: 2019 Winner - LensCulture Street Photography Awards, 2018 PDN 8th annual exposure award, 2017 ICP Rita K. Hillman award for excellence, 2017 British Journal of Photography breakthrough award, 2017 ICP Documentary art fellowship