Photographing the Dead: “Post Mortem” (NSFW/Graphic)
While searching for something to inspire, educate or intrigue our readers, I came across a photobook review that damn near stopped my heart. There’s an obvious play on words in that statement, as you will soon see, but please do not access this body of work if you are sensitive to visceral images of the deceased (seriously please).
Photographer Patrik Budenz recently published his series titled “post mortem”, along with the thought provoking question, “What happens to our bodies when we need them no longer?” A question most of us refuse to dwell on, let alone photograph.
Patrik Budnez (post mortem):
“a person’s death ends her existence. still, the body remains.”
“until the 19th century, death was so prevalent in everyday life that it couldn’t be denied: people nearly always died at home. it was the relatives’ task to wash the body and cover it.”
“in the course of industrialization and the development of modern medicine, mortality rates dropped drastically. more and more, elderly people moved to hospitals and nursing homes, long before they died. the thought of death itself increasingly became unbearable for most people.”
“today, death has mostly vanished from public perception. most people die in institutions, and in case someone actually still dies at home, the corpse is immedately taken away by morticians in order to prepare the burial.”
“but what happens with a corpse between the moment it is given into the care of professionals and the burial?”
“this series accompanies the dead body on its last journey from cold rooms, storages, pathology, taxidermy, scientific collections, morticians, crematories and cemeteries, revealing what is hidden to modern society.”
For more in this series visit Patrik Budenz’s site or order post mortem in hardcover to witness the series in it’s entirety.
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