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Headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence agency, Springfield, Virginia

  • Object:

    photograph

  • Place of origin:

    USA

  • Date:

    2014

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paglen, Trevor (Photographer)

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased by the Design Fund

  • Museum number:

    CD.9-2017

  • Gallery location:

    In storage

Physical description

A mounted C-print photograph showing a building at night. There are lit paths surrounding the building.

Place of Origin

USA

Date

2014

Artist/maker

Paglen, Trevor (Photographer)

Dimensions

Height: 45.7 cm, Length: 68.6 cm Image, Length: 70 cm, Height: 47 cm

Descriptive line

'Headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence agency, Springfield, Virginia' Trevor Paglen, 2014

Labels and date

From The Future Starts Here

These photographs are of three of the largest US intelligence agencies. Much
of their activities were unknown to the public until August 2014 when Edward
Snowden leaked classified documents outlining their inner workings. Three
months later, the artist Trevor Paglen hired a helicopter to photograph the
agencies’ buildings, releasing the images as creative commons. As Paglen
says, ‘If we look in the right places at the right times, we can begin to glimpse
America’s vast intelligence infrastructure’.
C-print
V&A: CD.7,8,9-2017
Trevor Paglen
2014
PHOTOS REVEALING THE SURVEILLANCE STATE
Top to bottom:
NGA Headquarters
(Springfield, Virginia)
Trevor Paglen
2014
NRO Headquarters
(Chantilly, Virginia)
Trevor Paglen
2014
NSA Headquarters
(Fort Meade, Maryland)
Trevor Paglen
2014 [May 2018]

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Photography; C-type process

Subjects depicted

Subject

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Design, Architecture and Digital Department

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