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‘Winging It’: Artist Todd Forsgren ’03 is Ruffling Feathers, Capturing Birds Midair (Time) Archives

Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua), 2012. Image: Todd Forsgren.

Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua), 2012. Image: Todd Forsgren '03.


No birds are harmed in the works of photographer and Maryland Institute College of Art professor Todd Forsgren ’03, who accompanies biologists into the field as they catch wild birds in mist nets.

“It’s kind of like guerrilla 4×5 photography,” Forsgren tells Time. “I basically give myself ten minutes or so to set up and take the photographs so that biologists can get to the birds as quickly as possible so they don’t get stressed out.”

Forsgren’s work is highlighted in a Time feature that includes a slideshow of his work. His ornithological work recently was part of Winging It, a group show at Heiner Contemporary in Washington, D.C.