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Stephen Hilger

Associate Professor

School of Art
Stephen Hilger: In the Alley

Stephen Hilger is a photographer whose work traces personal and historical memory. Hilger’s book, In the Alley (Purple Martin Press, 2023), collects color photographs of service alleys and the backside of houses separating the public from the private in the affluent suburb of Beverly Hills, California. His previous books include Back of Town (SPQR Editions, 2016) which chronicles the disappearance of a neighborhood in New Orleans and BLVD, and a limited edition publication (ROMAN NVMERALS, 2017) which presents visual motifs at the intersection of public and private spaces throughout Los Angeles.

Hilger has exhibited at venues including Acta International, Rome; Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Contemporary Art Exhibitions; Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles; the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans; and Transmitter, Brooklyn. His photographs are in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Hilger’s photographs have appeared in periodicals including New York Magazine and the New York Times. He has written about photography and contemporary art including for Aperture’s PhotoBook Review and BOMB.

Hilger began teaching at Pratt in 2012 and served as Photography Chair from 2012-2018. His courses taught include: Black and White Photography, Contemporary Issues in Photography, Expanded Documentary, Pratt in Puerto Rico, Pratt Photography Lectures, Junior Research, and Senior Thesis.

Columbia University, B.A., 1998

Columbia University School of the Arts, M.F.A., 2003

Participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in 2003-2004