MACK: Quitting the Job: The Photographic Work of Chauncey Hare

Quitting your daily job: the photographic work of Chauncey Hare is the first critical biography of the American photographer Chauncey Hare (1934–2019). Although Hare enjoyed significant, albeit short-lived, professional success, including a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977, an Aperture monograph, and three Guggenheim Fellowships, his work has not received the critical attention it deserves and his extraordinary life story remains obscure. This lack of recognition has much to do with Hare’s fanatical dislike of the commercial realms of the art world, even at the height of his professional success. Perhaps his most overt statement of aesthetic disavowal was his ultimate decision to renounce his identity as an artist in 1985 and pursue a career as a clinical therapist specializing in “workplace abuse”. Hare will then donate his entire archive to the University of California Bancroft Library, on the condition that any reproduction of his work include a caption stating that the photograph was created “to protest and warn against domination increasing number of workers by multinationals”. corporations and their elite owners and managers.

quit your day job examines the contentious relationship between art and politics that defined Hare’s career, drawing on largely unexamined archival material, new interviews, and analyzing Hare’s brilliant and moving photographs alongside the forewords prolix and often bathetic that he wrote for the three collections of his photographs. The book presents a wide-ranging critical account of Hare’s life and art, suggesting how his work continues to resonate with contemporary concerns about the scope of business in everyday life, the longstanding complicity of documentary photography with the politics of liberal guilt; and art’s controversial relationship with the shackles of elite power.

Quitting your daily job: the photographic work of Chauncey Hare
Paperback with flap
14 x 22.8 cm, 242 pages
ISBN 978-1-913620-07-3
€25 £20 $30
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Michael E. Marquez