Life Before Death
Wednesday 9 April 2008 - Sunday 18 May 2008
Self-portrait opens at Wellcome Collection on
15 November 2012.
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24 sets of photographs taken before and after
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than death itself. Journalist Beate Lakotta and photographer Walter
Schels asked 24 terminally ill people if they could accompany them
during their last weeks and days. From these vigils came a series
of insightful descriptions and photographic portraits taken before
and after death.
selected descriptions and portraits taken before and after death
Far from being gloomy, these intimate concerns of the dying
reveal the preciousness and transience of life, and make us
question what we often take for granted.