Death and Photography
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The subject of death has been a constant throughout the history of photography. This episode we discuss the many ways death has been represented (both literally and metaphorically) in photographs. We'll look at the past practice of post-mortem and mourning photography, as well as ponder the words and images of more contemporary  writers and image-makers. This is a special "Day of the Dead" episode.


"Beyond The Black Veil" book

"Dead Soldier" photo by Matthew Brady

Robert Mapplethorpe's Death

Susan Sontag

Roland Barthes

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