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.

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Images from the series “Farewell”, “Surgical Theatre”, & “The Beauty of the Uncommon Tool” © Tony Chirinos, 2019 Teaching Award Recipient & Review Santa Fe Alum

Tony Chirinos © Arturo Alcala

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.

“In this unique collection of photographs, Tony Chirinos fixates his lens on medicine’s impulse to preserve the physical body. His cool yet luminous photographs reveal a dramatic tension between the clinical gaze and the inevitability of our mortality.”
~ Stephen Hilger, Associate Professor of Photography, Pratt Institute

“Tony Chirinos confronts the frailty of human existence and the weight – and inevitable burden – of death. Universal, pulsing, quiet, and mysterious.”
~ Jon Feinstein, Co-Founder, Humble Arts Foundation

Support Tony Chirinos’ work Farewell

This fundraising project will support Chirinos’ book project. The monograph will include the three projects to create a cohesive project exploring an oft-unseen environment and create a dialogue between the two black-and-white projects with the tools interspersed between these two chapters.

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Or you can contact Whitney at whitney@visitcenter.org or mail a check to: CENTER, PO Box 8372, Santa Fe, NM 87504.

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