Todd Hido is a contemporary American photographer whose work has often focused on the dark underside of suburbia. Born on August 25, 1968 in Kent, OH, he studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Hido’s work, inspired in particular by Alfred Hitchcock and Rineke Dijkstra, is characterized by the singling out of “bright spots” amid desolated spaces. His early series Houses at Night (1997) showcased various farm and suburban homes lit with a single light source, lending a sense of urgency and despair to the otherwise ordinary scenes.