Saturday, February 06, 2010

Protest Photographs.

Protest Photographs. Photographs and text by Chauncey Hare. Edited by Jack Steven. Steidl / Steven Kasher Gallery, Gottingen, 2009. 224 pp., 170 tritone illustrations, 10x12½". View inside the book here.

Photographer and documenter Chauncey Hare does not define himself as a photographer, but instead above all as a protester, as well as an engineer and a family therapist.

Hare took photographs of working-class homes and workplaces across America in the late 1960s-early 1970s, and he has previously published two books: 'Interior America' (1977) and 'This Was Corporate America' (1984).

In 'Protest Photographs' Hare describes a life committed to protest. "He describes his keen identification with the people whose homes he photographed throughout the late 60s and early 70s, and his refusal to betray them by selling his photography.

He tells of his struggles to have his photographs accepted by the art world, and relates his abusive childhood, and the difficulties of his work life as an engineer at a major oil company and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

You can view inside the book / some of the book pages here.

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