“Essential Worker” by Eric Cousineau

To honor the essential workers risking their health to keep our country’s infrastructure intact, we are pleased to present:

ESSENTIAL WORKER by Review Santa Fe alumnus Eric Cousineau

As a photographer and essential worker employed by Trader Joe’s in Santa Fe, NM, Cousineau found himself among the at-risk community of workers keeping our food supply functional. CENTER approached Cousineau in March with the hope of supporting a photo-project documenting and honoring the essential workforce he is part of. Cousineau’s ongoing project has documented various members of the essential workforce in New Mexico.

He is recently was creating portraits of hospital staff working to fight COVID-19, visit his website or tune into his Instagram takeovers with us in August and November, to follow his progress.

“Farewell” by Tony Chirinos

“In my work, death is the quiet context and the constant, the slow and steady pulse that is as much a part of living as that first heartbeat of a new creation.”

“Farewell” is Tony Chirinos’ long-term project created during his 15-year career as a hospital photographer. Chirinos was granted access to a hospital operating suite and the morgue and the resulting project includes three distinct, yet interweaving projects, that focus on the performance and procedures of the operating theater, scenes portraying the sterility and quiet of the morgue, the typological examination of the surgical and medical tools.

The two former projects are presented in black-and-white, and the tools in color. All photographs are shot on film. The three projects explore the fragility of the human body and our tenuous connection between life and death.

View, learn more and donate to “Farewell” here.

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