Todd Herman's films and photographs deal with themes of the body and transience; sexual and representational taboos; spectatorship and complicity. His work looks to a rare beauty, making no claims to journalistic inquiry.
He has been the recipient of many awards for his work including the San Francisco International Film Festival's New Vision Award, the Art Council of Northern Ireland's Artist in Residence Award, Grants from the San Francisco Film Arts Foundation, a Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship, Taipei Artist Village Residency, and the San Francisco Art Commission's Emerging Curator Award.
He has presented his films at such venues as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, San Francisco International Film Festival, Southbank Centre, Anthology Film Archives, San Francisco Cinematheque, and Pacific Film Archives.
"At their best artists can question habits of understanding, looking, and story telling, thereby investigating the ways personal and historical identities/forms are constructed rather than fixed. For me, this means generating a cinema that examines how images compose, enforce, or undermine -- rather than simply reflect -- history, dominant values, identity, and authorship."