The Burns Archive
is a collection of over 700,000 historical photographs that document disturbing
subject matter: obsolete medical practices and experiments, death, disease, disasters, crime, revolutions, riots and war. Newsweek posted a select gallery
this past October, as well as a video interview and walk-through
with curator and collector Dr. Stanley B. Burns, a New York opthalmologist. (Via) (Content at links may be disturbing to some.) [more inside]
Charles Van Schaick
was a photographer in Black River Falls, Wisconsin in the late 19th and early 20th Century. His work was made famous by Michael Lesy in the book Wisconsin Death Trip
in which the photographs were juxtaposed with local newsreports of murder, suicide, disease, insanity, animal mutilation and other calamities plus the occasional non-morbid event. Flickr set of photos used in Wisconsin Death Trip
. Some of the texts from Wisconsin Death Trip
. Robert Birnbaum interviews Michael Lesy about Wisconsin Death Trip and other things
. Over 2500 photographs by Charles Van Schaick owned by The Wisconsin Historical Society
. [Warning: Some of the photographs are of deceased infants]
Gather 'Round the Cadaver!
: A new "coffee-table
" book, Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine
is a new collection of photographs documenting
what happened when bored medical students of the early 1900s met the camera.
Photographer Jeffrey Silverthorne
takes beautiful, quiet photos of disquieting subject matter
. His early works included two series on morgues and transvestites
. [nsfw, via]
If you were a parent, and had lost your child during birth--what would you do? Grieve--yes; mourn, of course; photograph your dead child
... ? WHY
? [please don't click if you're a soon-to-be-parent] [more inside]
What does a man do during the last 20 years of his life?
We learn what every day was like for this unnamed soul who lived through the death of John Lennon
, was there for the biggest television experience
ever and who saw many presidents inaugurated
and witnessed some of them shot
It might have been because of the holidays or just to fit in but sometime around the early 80's he began smoking
. Throught the 90's his health declined and eventually the illness took over
What must we think about the Star Trek fan
with a surreal taste for art
and who loved pasta
? I'm not sure, but I am certainly thankful for the images.
A multimedia documentary about one family's struggle to deal with the loss of a parent. This series is the 2008 Pulitzer winner for feature photography. [more inside]
: both in Europe
and The United States
, post-mortem photography
[pdf] was both reminder of and coping mechanism for death in the 19th century
Their task may be depressing, but the generosity of their work is inspiring and hopefully thereputic. The photographers who are working with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
provide their services on a volunteer basis to help families over come the grief of losing an infant.
If you're a professional photographer interested in being involved, they're seeking volunteers.
Gallery of funeral art.
On this halloween weekend, a brief collection of photographs of tombstone carvings & other cemetary decorations.
Good journey, Joop.
"Joop was our handsome goodhearted 'boerenfox' (farmer's fox terrier). For three good years, he lived with us in the small town of Paterswolde, The Netherlands.
We found Joop in 2002 in an animal shelter
in Zuidwolde. Joop was a canine supermodel."
The Dog Log
shows Joop's life
in pictures and his human's in words. Joop passed away August 8, 2005 from cancer and has quite a following on Flickr.com
. Being the owner of a 14-year-old dog, the display of support really touched me and the photos are beautiful.
Since Good Friday is pretty much all about death, how about a look at memento mori
, otherwise known as postmortem photography
? Some are heartrending
, and many are quite artistic
. Of course, there's an ugly
side to this, too.