Photographing A Collection Of Human Brains
Photographer Adam Voorhes out of Austin, Texas, has documented a collection of approximately 90 human brains that the University of Texas had amassed over the past 30 years.
The story goes that Voorhes found the collection a few years back after meeting Dr. Tim Schallert, while searching for a way to illustrate a Scientific American article. After finding a brain that was going to work for the assignment, Dr. Schallert asked if Voorhes wanted to see more abnormal brains.
“Some of them are huge, some of them are really tiny. There was one that had no wrinkles at all,” he told Co.Exist’s Stan Alcorn “I don’t even know how to explain it.” He became interested in documenting the collection and after agreeing on the details, Voorhes spent a weekend setting up a studio in the brain lab and created 230 photographs over a two day weekend.
The collection of human brains has been growing for over 30 years by a medical pathologist from the Austin State Hospital, who after routine autopsies, preserved the brains for the collection. Apparently in the mid 1980′s the collection was highly sought out and battled over which institution should house and study the brains.
The photographs will be published in an upcoming book in a collaboration with journalist Alex Hannaford. The brains are also being 3-D scanned and studied by freshman students the University of Texas.