© Corey Hendrickson
© Corey Hendrickson
For a series of photographs called Visitation, Corey Hendrickson turned his camera on the interiors of funeral homes.
"I wanted the wallpaper, curtains and couches to speak for themselves," says Hendrickson. "In these somber environs, I gathered information about the human condition by recording the careful arrangement of everyday objects."
Visitation is featured in the new location of The Griffin Museum of Photography by Digital Silver Imaging, 4 Clarendon St., in Boston's South End, May 15 through June 30. A closing reception is June 28, 6 - 8 PM
Hendrickson says he "approached each home the way an archaeologist would, and took care to document my findings while not disturbing the setting."
And, he says, he found "the palette and decor remained surprisingly consistent."
"Funeral homes are created as a sanctuary for grief and loss," says Hendrickson. "My work documents this last meeting place between the deceased and their kin."
Hendrickson was born in Cambridge, MA, in 1975 and grew up in Lexington, MA.
He earned a bachelor's degree in forest biology at the University of Vermont in 1998, and went on to work for the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado and Alaska. After college, he also worked as a wildland firefighter on the Pike Hotshots, spending winter off-seasons in Utah and the French Alps.
After visiting Grand Teton National Park on a fire, he moved to Jackson, Wyoming and began working as a photographer.
Hendrickson received a master of fine arts degree in photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
He currently lives in central Vermont and works throughout New England. His work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions and has appeared in many publications including Esquire, InStyle Weddings, Men's Journal, Runner's World, Vermont Life, The New York Times, and the Boston Globe.
He was a Photolucida Critical Mass finalist in 2011.
Hendrickson presents a gallery talk on Visitation June 14, 7 p.m.
The Griffin Museum of Photography is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 am - 5 pm; Friday
11 am - 4 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon - 4 pm. The Museum is closed on Monday.
Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for seniors. Members and children under 12 are admitted
free. Admission is free to all every Thursday. For more information, call 781-729-1158.
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