I’ve shared these photos before. Not once. But five or six times (on facebook, the old tumblr, twitter, etc). I think they’re near perfect and the reason photography was invented– not to instagram your food, people.
They present a portrait of a dying person before and then directly after they die. There is a beauty to it, dead people looking dead, as they should (not made up in wigs and makeup).
Maria Hai-Anh Tuyet Cao, age 52
Barbara Gröne, age 51
Jens Pallas, age 62
Edelgard Clavey, age 67
Wolfgang Kotzahn, age 57
Here is a charming video of the German artists Walter Schels–with his kooky Andy Warhol haircut– and Beate Lakotta talking about the project.