Corson Hirschfeld, American (1941 - )

Corson Hirschfeld, author of the novels Aloha, Mr. Lucky (Forge, 2000), Too High (Forge, 2001), and Freeze Dry (Forge, 2003), has been a professional photographer for twenty-five years. He recently moved from Cincinnati to Oklahoma to join his wife Tassie, a medical anthropologist with the University of Oklahoma.

Corson formerly edited the Journal of Herpetology and has written scientific papers, articles for consumer magazines, and museum essays. He has taught photography at the University of Cincinnati, lectured at educational and arts organizations, curated exhibitions, and has had one-person exhibitions at galleries and museums including the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (see Exhibitions).

Feature articles on Corson and his art have appeared in Archaeology, Communication Arts, Print, Professional Photographer and Photo District News. His advertising photography has been widely awarded in design and art directors’ competitions and he is represented in the Archive of Advertising Photography at the International Museum of Photography.

Hirschfeld’s photographs have appeared in magazines in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan, including Architectural Record, Fortune, Money, Natural History, Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Omni, Parabola, Playboy, Psychology Today, US, and the Washington Post Magazine.

Corson was a member of cultural delegations to China and the former Soviet Union. He belongs to the Mystery Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and the American Society of Media Photographers ( former ASMP Board member and Chapter President ).

Places of Power and Objects of Myth and Mystery

Hirschfeld has traveled to over twenty countries photographing Places of Power, hand-painted black and white gelatin-silver prints of ancient sacred sites such as pyramids, standing stones, and rock art. These images “tap the subconscious and inspire responses of reverence and wonder that transcend cultures and time.”--Southwest Art.

In Objects of Myth and Mystery Hirschfeld photographs masks, sculpture, and other ethnographic material residing in museum collections. Resulting interpretive large-format images are toned in gold and sepia. “Rooted in surrealist attempts to chart the dreams and visions of the unconscious they . . . convincingly communicate the latent power of the assembled artifacts”--Washington Post.

Images from Places of Power and Objects of Myth and Mystery have been featured in Audubon, Archaeology, BBC television, Graphis, Guess Journal International, National Geographic Books, Time Life Books and Southwest Art. (See Reviews)

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