Chauncey Hare

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Chauncey Hare (born June 19, 1934 – May 2019) was an American petroleum engineer for Standard Oil who began to photograph in the late 1950s, becoming a fine-art photographer best known for his photographs of American residential interiors, work places, and office spaces.[1]

In 1969, 1971, and 1976 the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded photography fellowships to Hare.[2] In 1975, 1978, and 1982 the National Endowment for the Arts awarded photography fellowships to Hare.[3] In 1977 Hare stopped working as a petroleum engineer after twenty-one years at what became a Chevron refinery in Richmond, California; Hare enrolled in the MFA program in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. That same year the Museum of Modern Art in New York exhibited Hare's photographs in a show entitled Interior America. The next year Aperture published a book of the same name. By the early 1980s other museums, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, had featured Hare's photographs in exhibitions. His photography books include Interior America (1978), This Was Corporate America (1984), and the expanded edition of the former, Protest Photographs (2008).

In 1985, Hare abandoned photography and returned to school, becoming a therapist.[4] A book of his from that era is Work Abuse: How to Recognize and Survive It (1997).



  • Interior America. New York City: Aperture, 1978. ISBN 978-0893810542. With an introduction by Hare.
  • This Was Corporate America. Boston: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1984. ISBN 978-0910663403.
  • Protest Photographs. Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2008. ISBN 978-3865214959. With an introduction by Hare.


  • Work Abuse: How to Recognize and Survive It (1997)


  1. ^ "The death of Chauncey Hare (1934-2019), an unsung pioneer of photography". 28 November 2019.
  2. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation/Chauncey Hare".
  3. ^ Princenthal, Nancy (2001). A Creative Legacy: A History of the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists' Fellowship Program 1966 - 1995. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
  4. ^ Salvesen, Britt (Nov–Dec 2008). "This is Corporate America: The Intertwined Histories of Photography and the Office". The Believer. San Francisco: McSweeney's.