Todd R. Darling is an American documentary photographer based in Hong Kong for sixteen years, where he began his career photographing the Umbrella Movement for Polaris Images in 2014. He studied Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism at the International Centre of Photography and the Eddie Adams workshop XXX in 2017. Todd recently completed work on a documentary project that began in 2016, about Paterson NJ. The project, inspired by local poets William Carlos Williams and Alan Ginsberg, is a lyrical interrogation of the American dream told through the singular experience of America’s first industrial city and its people. He’s currently documenting the anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong and studying at the Savannah College of Arts and Design.

Clients & Publications

The British Journal of Photography
American Photography
Brick the Magazine

American Scholar
Feature Shoot
The Heavy Collective
Hamburger Eyes
Hong Kong Free Press
The Guardian
Al - Jazeera


2019: “Paterson Portraits” Winner Lensculture Street Photography Award

2018: “Paterson Portraits” Finalist Sienna International Photo Awards

2018: “The Paterson Project” Winner PDN 8th Annual Exposure Photography Award

2017: Rita K. Hillman Award for Excellence, ICP

2017: “The Paterson Project” British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Winner

2016: Life Framer “Open Call” Winner


2017: “The Paterson Project” Documentary Arts Fellowship


2019: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography: Savannah College of Arts & Design

2017: Eddie Adams Workshop XXX, USA. Colton Family Award

2016: Visual Journalism and Documentary Practice: International Center of Photography, USA

In the Press

2018: Todd R. Darling Photographing Paterson, State of the Arts NJ, PBS


2017: “The Paterson Project” New Jersey & You, Village West Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, USA

2017: “The Paterson Project” BJP Breakthrough Exhibition, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK


2018: New York Edited, Out of Place, Ostkreuzschule fur Fotographie, Berlin, Germany

2018: American Photography 34