Chris Verene has been photographing three generations of his family since 1986, in Galesburg, Illinois, a small community in the midwest. Verene documents his family and friends in their daily lives. Verene studied photography in Atlanta, at Georgia State University, and now lives in New York.
Over the past thirty years, Verene has produced a vast library of of pictures, though few people saw them until 1997, his first show in New York. Verene’s documentary work has been published in two major books with Twin Palms Press. Verene’s glamour photography and performance art series, “The Self-Esteem Salon,” gained a national profile at the Whitney Biennial, and has been staged at many locations including Christie’s Auction House and Socrates Sculpture Park. Verene is Assistant Professor of Photography at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, and his work is in the collection of The Whitney, The Met, The Jewish Museum, SFMoMA, LAMoCA, and appears in exhibitions worldwide. His works have been published in ArtForum, Art in America, Art Papers, The Huffington Post, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and others.