Tod Papageorge was born in Portsmouth in 1940, and began photographing during his last semester at the University of New Hampshire, where he graduated with a degree in English literature in 1962. During the 1970s, he received two Guggenheim Fellowships and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grants and, in 1979, was named the Walker Evans Professor at the Yale School of Art, where, until 2013, he also held the position of Director of Graduate Studies of Photography. Papageorge’s work has been widely exhibited internationally and is represented in over thirty major public collections. In 2009, Papageorge was a Resident at the American Academy in Rome and, in 2010, awarded the Rome Commission in Photography. In 2012, he received the Lucie Award for documentary photography. Steidl published Papageorge’s Passing Through Eden: Photographs of Central Parkin 2007.