Corinne May Botz

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“Private Residence, Hawthorne, New Jersey” from the series Haunted Houses, 2010

Archival Pigment Print, 30" x 40"

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“Haunted Houses” is a survey of houses throughout the United States where ghosts are reported. I photographed using a large format camera and recorded first-hand oral ghost stories at each house. The project was inspired by Victorian ghost stories, written by women as a means of articulating sexual politics and domestic discontents. I am particularly interested in the connection between ghosts and houses, and how current inhabitants negotiate the history of their homes when ‘living’ with a ghost. Haunted Houses traverses diverse fields such as photography, cultural history, architecture, folklore, and the supernatural. A book version of the project, "Haunted Houses," was published in Fall 2010 by The Monacelli Press/Random House.

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