"Imagine a world dominated not by technology but by the sights and sounds of nature; by mysterious yet eternal forces-the wind, the moon, the stars. By the boundries between night and day, summer and winter. By spirits and deities who control the cosmos and with whom you can commune only in places alive with magic."

"This is the world Corson Hirschfeld calls forth in his handpainted photographs of the sacred sites of prehistoric peoples."

- Southwest Art magazine.


"Most photographs of ethnographic objects either isolate them from the context, to showcase their "art", or show them "in use", integrated into a culture's daily life. Unfortunately, these treatments frequently fail to convey the powerful spiritual aspect of a given piece. There is, however, a third approach, rooted in surrealist attempts to chart the dreams and vision of the unconscious. Fortunately, Corson Hirschfeld adopts this method in his photographs of African, Oceanic, and Native American objects...still lifes that convincingly communicate the latent power of the assembled artifacts.

"The dramatic beauty of the images is heightened by Hirschfeld's technique...that gives a shadowy bronze richness to the surfaces."

- Lee Fleming, The Washington Post


Corson Hirschfeld "is someone who has taken the time to find a spirituality and a message in a simple object.He's a rarity that deserves our attention...It's as if he photographed the spirits that are simply not visible when we view the object itself....in Hirschfeld's lens, stories abound...completely digestable and intellectually and visually refreshing."

- Nan Hoffman, The Indianapolis News


"Corson Hirschfeld's passion for photographing ancient temples, shrines, burial mounds, and rock art has led him to the far corners of the globe. What distinguishes Hirschfeld's work from that of hundreds of other photographers is his technique: he makes black and white photos, then paints them. Long dissatisfied with images of ancient sites produced by conventional photography-'they represent the subjects accurately but often convey little of their emotional impact,' he says- Hirschfeld developed this technique 'to convey my impressions of them.'"

- Spencer P. M. Harrington, Archaeology Magazine


"Photographs of archaeological sites seem like something that belongs in National Geographic. But Hirschfeld's hand-coloring takes them far from that category...Hirschfeld is an artist, the master of the medium. These are standouts."

-B. J. Foreman, The Cincinnati Post



"Hirschfeld's photographs are quietly moving. They are not seen as photographs, or even as works of art, but as sensitive responses to inexplicable places...places selected by people of the past as special places which radiate a mysterious essence which the people enhanced with their structures."

- Owen Findsen, Cincinnati Enquirer


"Professionalism, pursuit of excellence and a high degree of personal and creative involvement are the unifying strands in Corson Hirschfeld's varied portfolio and the hallmarks of his approach."

-Greg Paul, Ohio Magazine


"In special places set aside by people from ancient times to today, humanity has felt a particular connection with sacredness and the spiritual. These are places that, for a variety of reasons, have exerted an important influence on the religious life of various cultures and where, in turn, people have sought to influence the natural and supernatural forces that governed their lives."

"Join UCLA Extension for an unusal program bringing together people from a variety of backgrounds, including Corson Hirschfeld, the photographer of a special exhibit on this subject at the Smithsonian Institution."

- UCLA Extension


"While museum photography is normally limited to the visual facts of the objects photographed, Hirschfeld has created for (his subjects) a context suggestive of the spiritual, the powerful and the symbolic import with which they were originally endowed but from which they have been disassociated. . Hirschfeld's respectful interpretations and sensitive intuitions . . . capture the objects from a different point of view and insure that we will no longer see them quite as we had before."

- Theodore Celenko, Curator of African, South Pacific and Precolumbian Art/ Martin Krause, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Indianapolis Museum of Art



Hirschfeld's photographs reflect "a personal response to the power and mystery inherent in...shrines, temples, sculpture, rock paintings and carvings, earthworks and other symbolic landforms. In this pursuit, Hirschfeld has cut his way through jungles, crossed deserts and scaled mountains in North and South America, the Pacific, Europe and the Orient.

"One looks at Hirschfeld's work and sees secrets, mystery and a subtle energy, created by a soft palette and his knowing eye."

-Irene Spector, The Rangefinder

"Corson Hirschfeld has been lured to what he calls 'places of power' . . . reveling in the touch, smell, and sight of the most delicate and intimate details of man's ritualistic past. Hirschfeld studied anthropology on his own. Widely read, he approaches his subject with respect for scholarship, but unencumbered by arcane scholarly prerequisites. His urge to record these places is that of an artist who seeks to come to terms with the ineluctable mystery that emanates from the remains of human dialogue with the cosmos."

- Joelle Bentley, Print magazine