Corson Hirschfeld

Corson Hirschfeld is an author, artist, and photographer.  Following a long career in Cincinnati as owner of a professional photographic studio, he moved to Oklahoma in 2006 to join his wife, Dr. Tassie Katherine Hirschfeld, Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology with the University of Oklahoma in Norman.  Dr. Hirschfeld’s most recent (and timely) book, Gangster States (Palgrave/Macmillan), sheds new light on the evolution and devolution of legitimate and criminally inspired governments throughout the world.

Hirschfeld is currently working with a series of sculptures referencing the Industrial Revolution, Victoria to Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Corson was the first Editor of the Journal of Herpetology, currently the principal publication in this branch of science. He has written scientific papers, articles for consumer magazines, and museum Essays (see also Objects of Myth and Mystery).  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 Smithsonian Institution.

Corson is the author of three suspense novels published in hardcover and mass market by Forge Press, including the bestselling Aloha, Mr. Lucky set between Waikiki Beach and the slopes of Kilauea volcano on the Big IslandThese will appear as e-books along with a new novel, Wonderball, a fictional take on “The curious events at Shiprock, New Mexico.”  Corson is currently researching a historical novel set in the USSR in the pre-war 1930s during the rise of Stalin.

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 guest of cultural delegations to Communist China when that country was first opening to Westerners and to the USSR during Glasnost. He is an Honorary Member of the Union of Artists of Kharkov, Ukraine.  Corson belongs to the Mystery Writers of America and the Authors Guild, is a life member of ASMP, the American Society of Media Photographers, and was formerly a national board member and Chapter President (Ohio Valley) of that organization. He was Chairman of The Ohio Herpetological Society and served on the Artist Advisory Boards of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, the University of Cincinnati Reed Gallery, and Ohio's Images Gallery. He was a co-founder of the SSAR (Society for the Study of Reptiles & Amphibians) and initiated the publication Herpetological Review.

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)