Friday, December 19, 2008

Chauncey Hare - "Interior America"

Hare's book of domestic photographs, made in Western Pennsylvania and Oakland, California, was published by Aperture in 1978. The pictures are drenched with seventies photo aesthetics; hard flash, wide angle lense, and casual compositions. Many of the photographs feel like scouting pictures from various locations in "Silence of The Lambs" The best of them are more humorous than they are bleak. And much of them are down right depressing. Hare has had a somewhat odd and unique career history. Only a small amount of his work has been published and it rarely shows up in galleries or museums.

"Chauncey Hare does not define himself as a photographer, but instead an engineer, a family therapist and, above all, a protester. Funded by three Guggenheim Fellowships and three National Endowment Fellowships, he spent only a short period of his life making photographs. Frustrated by the photo art world, he photographed only intermittently to 1985, when he stopped making photographs altogether. He has an engineering degree from Columbia University, an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, a Masters Degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Sierra University. He and his wife Judith Wyatt are co-authors of the denial-breaking clinical handbook Work Abuse: How to Recognize and Survive It (1997). As a licensed family therapist Hare now helps working people – in person, on the phone, and on the internet."

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Anonymous said...

Great post. I was recently thinking about Chauncey Hare and was very pleased to stumble upon this.